2011-11-11

Excercise is Just as Important as Diet

The mainstream media rarely does a good job of reporting on more than "just the talking points." I suppose you can't necessarily blame them - that is what consumers apparently want.

So it's nice to see an important issue like diabetes getting more of a nuanced treatment. Parade reports:
3. Exercise is just as crucial as diet. Here’s where insulin comes in: This hormone helps transport glucose from your blood into your body’s cells, which burn the sugar for energy. When you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, either your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or your cells don’t use it efficiently; as a result, glucose builds up in the blood. When you exercise and lose weight, your body is better able to employ its supply of insulin (or decrease “insulin resistance”), making it easier to control blood sugar levels.
Naturally, I have said much the same here on Stationary Waves. I stress that exercise is absolutely key to managing one's blood sugar. The metabolism is a system that requires more than just managing one aspect or another. It's crucial to manage the system holistically.

Please keep this in mind when you read in other media sources that diet is more effective than exercise at combating obesity or whatever. Everything that is true of diabetics with regard to healthy living is also true of non-diabetics.

Exercise is just as important as diet.