Exercise Prevents Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that interferes with the regulation of blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes involves the inability of the pancreas to secrete the hormone insulin. Type 2 diabetes initially involves defects in the insulin receptors, which slows the action of insulin. Eventually, this type of diabetes also results in inadequate or absent insulin secretion. Until recently, type 2 diabetes was called adult onset diabetes because it typically occurred in people over 40. With the obesity epidemic, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes occur in teens and young adults. A review of literature by Matthew Aguilera and Len Kravitz from the University of New Mexico concluded that aerobic exercise and resistance training and healthy diet are the best ways to prevent type 2 diabetes. Diet and exercise also help people with type 1 diabetes cope with the disease. People with diabetes should carefully monitor blood sugar before, during and after exercise. (IDEA Fitness Journal, September 2014)

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