by John H Markus
People who have diabetes hear the same question almost every time they visit the doctor's office: How is your diet and are you exercising?
Those of you afflicted with this disease know that diet and exercise are essential to controlling blood sugar levels. Applying that knowledge is key in control and self discipline is needed to stay on track.
Let's say that you have this self discipline and are on track. What can you do to get better blood sugar readings? Just step it up a bit, not much, just a little bit.
The Canadian Public Health system recently conducted an experiment on overweight diabetics. The people involved were on a walking program. The experiment was officially called "Picking Up The Pace." In it, some subjects were chosen to increase their walking by 10%. The experiment lasted 12 weeks.
At the end of 12 weeks, the results were as most would expect. The people walking the extra 10% lost a significantly higher amount of weight and showed healthier levels of blood sugar.
Ten percent of what you are doing now is not much. If you are walking 1,000 steps in 3 minutes, step it up to 1,100 steps. If you are bench pressing 10 repetitions, step it up to 11 repetitions or put a few more pound on the bar.
This concept relates to any type of exercise you are performing. Just step it up a little. You will find your blood sugar levels to be better.
There are many other areas of your health that will also improve. Your heart will work a little harder. This makes it stronger. Your circulation will be more efficient. Your internal organs will function better because of increased blood flow. This will help increase bone density. All of the body's functions will profit form this small increase in intensity.
You will see evidence in your blood sugar readings. You will start to lose a few pounds. You will look better. You will feel better about yourself. You will feel better.
About the Author
John Has been a pharmacist since 1973. His wife of 32 years has Type I diabetes. John's mother-in-law and 8 year old granddaughter also have diabetes. There were some challenging times. With knowledge and single-eyedness they were able to get this disease under control. John also has been studying exercise and nutrition, and their effect on the body for more than 30 years.