Exercise reduces risk of diabetes, even if you’re obese

Recent research described in the Wall Street Journal shows that healthy habits can help to reduce the likelihood of diabetes, even if one is obese.  Diabetes is a devastating disease, causing impotence, stroke, heart attack, amputation…  Obesity has lead to a growing “epidemic” of diabetes in developed countries, including the US.  Asians and Asian-Americans develop diabetes at lower weights than others, too.

Adults, middle-aged and up, can cut their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by as much as 80% by adhering to a combination of five healthy-lifestyle habits, a new analysis shows.

In separate calculations of how factors add up to reduce risk, researchers found that men and women whose diet and exercise both were considered in the healthy range were just under 30% less likely to develop diabetes. When being a nonsmoker was added to diet and exercise, those people were about one-third less likely to develop the disease.

For me, weight training and building/maintaining muscle is also key to avoiding diabetes.  My hemoglobin A1C (a long term index of blood sugar) fell as I lost weight.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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