A lot of my recent blog posts have been focussing on diabetes. Since this is a fitness blog I hope you have made the link between diabetes and fitness. For those of you who have not, I will be outlining the link between the two in this article.
1) THE CAUSES OF DIABETES:- As I discussed in my article on the causes of diabetes it is currently unknown what causes the various types of diabetes. However, type 2 diabetes is associated with a number of risk factors including inactivity and obesity. Both of these risk factors can be eliminated by doing more exercise and eating more healthily. In other words you can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by becoming a fitter person.
2) PRE-DIABETES:- Pre-diabetes is effectively an early indicator of type 2 diabetes. If you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes you are still have the opportunity to take preventative action before full type 2 diabetes develops. But what is this preventative action? Yes, you guessed it – a healthy diet and regular exercise. So not only is improving your fitness an excellent way to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes but it is also a fantastic way to stop any symptoms that do manifest from developing further.
3) TREATING DIABETES:- There are a number of treatments for diabetes. Some diabetics may require insulin injections or medication. However, all diabetics can benefit from regular exercise and a healthy diet. Regular exercise helps you keep your blood sugar under control, improves your body’s sensitivity to insulin and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Eating a healthier diet can also help you keep your diabetes under control with an increasing amount of evidence suggesting that certain types of food (including fibre, fruit and vegetables) can assist in keeping your blood sugar levels normal.
There is still a lot to learn about diabetes. Very little is known about the exact causes and at the moment there are no effective cures. However, the information that we do have presents a strong link between diabetes and fitness levels. By improving your fitness levels and leading a healthier lifestyle, you can seriously reduce your chances of developing diabetes. Even if you are already diabetic, improving your health and fitness can significantly reduce the impact that diabetes has on your life. Whatever your current situation is, the evidence we do have regarding diabetes presents another compelling case for improving your fitness levels.
Whilst every intention has been made to make this article accurate and informative, it is intended for general information only. Diabetes is a medical condition and this article is not intended as a substitute for the advice of your doctor or a qualified medical practitioner. Before making any lifestyle changes you should always seek your doctors advice. If you have any concerns regarding any form of diabetes then you should speak to your doctor right away.