Increased physical activity and Type 2 Diabetes
Acquiring healthy eating habits, maintaining a normal weight, leading a calmer life and quitting smoking and not drinking too much alcohol, are very important lifestyle changes we need to make to stay healthy, but one of the most important risk factors we need to change is modifying the lack of exercise or physical inactivity that is so characteristic of our current lifestyle.
Exercising regularly is another very important factor that will help us regulate our metabolic function and maintain a good hormonal balance. When we exercise regularly, we increase our cells’ insulin sensitivity, which allows glucose to enter the cells and be used as “energy” or fuel.
Additionally, exercise increases our cells’ energy needs, which increases their glucose uptake, decreasing the amount of glucose circulating in our bloodstream. Because there’s less glucose in the bloodstream, our pancreas’s insulin secretion requirements decrease, reducing our blood insulin levels. Excess blood insulin is known as hyperinsulinemia and it causes harmful effects on the body, which is why exercising will help to reduce our risk of Hyperinsulinemia or Hyperinsulinism.
Increased physical activity offers additional benefits, such as increasing our cells’ need for consuming energy or calories, this helps us lose weight, reduces excess fat from our adipose tissue especially around the waist, improving our cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and helps regulate any high blood pressure problems we may have.
If we exercise for 30 minutes or more, 5 times a week, while following a healthy diet, we won’t only lose body weight but we’ll also reduce our risk of developing insulin resistance syndrome, Diabetes and other cardiovascular problems.