How One Type of Popular Exercise Can Lower & Control Your Blood Glucose

How One Type of Popular Exercise Can Lower & Control Your Blood Glucose

Controlling blood sugar has a lot to do with the kind of exercise you perform

Don’t roll your eyes — it’s one of my favourite topics to write about yet again! These posts are primarily aimed at women — I don’t have to pitch this concept to men very much — but they are always a good read. Women need a bit more time and perhaps a little research to back up the importance of this exercise. I’m trying to tell you and everyone who will listen just how vital weight training is. Perhaps you didn’t know this one key thing about muscles — they come in different sizes and various colours, ranging from white, red and shades. Much like those pieces of artwork you see all over social media. Red muscles get their colour partly from mitochondria and are found in people who engage in endurance training like marathon running. White muscles dominate the bodies of weightlifters and sprinters because we require short, intense bursts of energy. Some people have more red and white or a mixture of both shades- depending on what exercises you do regularly. When we exercise, nerves signal our muscles to contract, and muscles need energy. White muscles use glycogen to generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in response to lifting a heavy weight. That is a technical term meaning the energy cells use to complete the task. Glycolysis can produce much power quickly when the glycogen fuel begins to deplete. On the other hand, If you run a slow and steady long-distance race, mitochondria in red muscles primarily use fat oxidisation instead of glycogen breakdown to generate ATP. That supply of energy lasts a lot longer but doesn’t give you that much-needed burst of strength that comes from the process of glycolysis. Those who have diabetes have whitening of the mix of muscles. Muscle and metabolism are complex, especially when you add diabetes. Researchers finally concluded that resistant training helps to promote the growth of white muscle and that white muscle helps lower blood glucose. 

Key take away

One of the best ways to control your blood glucose, whether diabetic or not, is to start lifting weights. This is why weight training leads to weight loss + maintenance, of course. Lifting weights can control your blood sugar, manage symptoms and perhaps aid you in lowering your body fat and increasing longevity. Weight training should be used along with proper nutrition — to get the most out of your effort. Training requires consistency and commitment to keep the results going. Exercise at least three to four times per week is ideal. So, whether you have diabetes or not, make the decision today to start weight training for aesthetic and health purposes. This includes women, men and those a lot older and younger. It’s never too late to start lifting weights. 

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