Years ago, actually many,many years ago, I used to get out in the yard with my dad and we would do yard work together, pretty much ever Saturday. I remember those days well, and I learned a lot from my dad over the years. Back then as I learned how to take care of the lawn, little did I realize one thing he taught me I would later use when teaching my patients about diabetes.
I remember late in the afternoon on Saturdays, after the mowing and edging was done, my dad and I would settle down in the front yard with a trash can between us and start pulling weeds. I always got such satisfaction seeing how I uncovered some healthy St. Augustine grass after removing the weeds that covered it. I remember every so often my dad would look over at me and emind me to make sure I was getting the root of the weed when I pulled it. Otherwise he said the weed would grow back.
It is well known that insulin resistance, what I like to call "rusty hinges," is what leads to type 2 diabetes in most cases. With type 2 diabetes nutritin plays a very important role. Because people with type 2 diabetes have a much harder time getting sugar out of their blood and into their muscle, fat and liver cells, they would be wise to put less sugar in the blood to begin with. This of course means there would be less sugar to remove from the blood. Although over time, consuming less sugar is likely to contribute to weight loss, which in turn will reduce insulin resistance, eating less sugar is something people with diabetes have to do since they cannot make adequate amounts of insulin. In time with more and more beta cells becoming dysfunctional less sugar can be consumed or more medication will be needed to keep blood sugar levels reasonably well controlled. Unfortunately, eating less sugar doesn't deal with the root of the problem, insulin resistance, exercise does. Exercise directly deals with the root of the problem, insulin resistance, or "rusty hinges". Everytime someone with type 2 diabetes exercises, in a sense, it's as if they are sanding the rust off of the hinges and then spraying them with WD-40. Exercise directly deals with the root of the problem, insulin resistamce, like no other treatment. For many people with type 2 diabetes exercise is the most important thing they can do to manage their diabetes.
Milt Bedingfield is a certified diabetes educator and exercise physiologist.
Milt's other website can be found at: http ://www.NewlyDiagnosedDiabetes.com.