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Did You Know Lifting Weights Can Help Regulate Sugar Levels?

Weight lifting has been recreationally used since the ancient Greeks used large rocks as weights. With all of the supplements and chemicals that have been invented, it has come a very long way. Although it is more commonly used for aesthetics nowadays, weight lifting can also play a helpful role in managing blood glucose levels!

There are two different types of exercise: aerobic and anaerobic. Aerobic exercise entails long, moderate use of muscle (think jogging or brisk walking). Weight lifting is an anaerobic exercise, which means that short, extreme bursts of strength are being used. Intense anaerobic exercise will result in an increase in muscle mass (more specifically white muscle).

Even when you are not exercising, your body is constantly breaking down glucose in order to feed your muscles energy, so more muscle mass means more glucose is being used while you are inactive. Since diabetes is a result of too much glucose being in the blood, an increase of muscle mass can be very beneficial to people suffering from type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Weight lifting literally tears your muscles apart, so your body sends proteins to rebuild them. Ingesting a large amount of protein right after a weight workout will allow your body to send a larger amount of protein to your muscles. This will lead to a greater increase in muscle mass.

Check out these nutrition products for some great options that are high in protein and low in calories!

Remember to check with your physician before performing any kind of exercise.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 1-21-2014, 3:00 PM

4 Responses to “Did You Know Lifting Weights Can Help Regulate Sugar Levels?”

  1. John Mitchell says:

    Wow this is great, thanks for the info

    • Connor says:

      You are very welcome, John! Glad you enjoyed it. New posts will be up almost every day, so be sure to check back again!

    • Dustin says:

      You say new articles will be posted everyday yet I don’t have only seen a few posts in the last month.. Why would you guys state that their would be more helpful articles daily if you don’t even post weekly?

      • Connor says:

        Dustin,
        Let me start off by saying thank you for your concern regarding these articles. I apologize that the posts have been slightly less than regular these past couple weeks, but I assure you it will most certainly begin to pick up again! Along with other daily responsibilities, it is sometimes difficult to put out a great article every day. Please keep checking back for more new posts, and have a great day!

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