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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Mar 13, 2009 13:18
  • Run, Fatboy, Run

    A friend of mine a few weeks ago had told me about the benefits of “short” spurts of exercise being good for diabetics.  I had tried looking for this news on the Internet afterwards and gave up in the end thinking he must have been pulling my leg.  Anyway, the actual link was in the March 2009 issue of Diabetes Current that is put out by the Canadian Diabetes Association.

    A study was done at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh – involving 25 inactive young men over a 2-week period where they all did short bursts of exercise such as cycling.  It seems that the few minutes of intensive exercise enabled them to process a glucose drink afterwards whereby any extra glucose in their blood stream disappeared quicker.  Apparently with the short bursts of exercise – the insulin they produced worked more efficiently!

    I didn’t realize until reading this article that cardiovascular disease begins early in our lives, and diabetes is one of the biggest risk factors (and visa versa if you already are a diabetic). With the right type of intensive exercise for short periods of time, they are hoping it will be possible for youths and middle aged adults to reduce their risk for developing diabetes.  Since most of us don’t have the time or energy to spend 5-6 hours a week in an exercise program.  Okay – maybe if I was rich and could afford a personal trainer I would do it .

    Even though I have diabetes (Type 1) – as this study was aimed at Type 2 diabetes. Perhaps because I have always done this type of “short spurt” exercise – it might have helped me in avoiding the more serious complications that some of my diabetic friends have now.  Who knows?

    So, off I go to run up the stairs to the kitchen, then run back downstairs, then run back upstairs again since I “forgot” something.  I’ll get my exercise done in no time at all!!!  Oh and my title above "Run, Fatboy, Run" - excellent British comedy from 2007 - directed by David Schwimmer.

    Here’s the link to read up on this study - http://www.news.hw.ac.uk/news/4253-Dramatically_reduce_diabetes_risk_factors_with_just_seven_minutes_of_exercise_per_week


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