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Any Kind of Exercise Reduces Diabetes Risk

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By    |   Friday, 13 September 2019 09:53 AM

Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician and "father of medicine," was the first person to recognize the value of exercise for a patient with what he called "consumption."

Today, exercise is being recognized as a major tool for preventing and even treating many chronic diseases. New evidence shows it may also reduce your risk of overall mortality.

Researchers followed more than 36,000 adults ages 40 and older for six years. They found that exercising regularly, regardless of intensity, was linked to reduced risk of death, while sitting for more than nine hours daily was associated with increased risk of death.

The study, published in the August 2019 issue of the British Medical Journal, found that as people exercised more each day, their death rate dropped progressively. That progression occurred whether the person engaged in light physical activity or moderate activity.

The researchers defined light intensity as walking slowly, cooking, and washing dishes, while moderate activity was defined at brisk walking, vacuuming, or mowing the lawn.

In another study published earlier this year in the European Heart Journal, lack of physical activity even doubled a person's chances of having a heart attack, while having a regular exercise program helped prevent it.

And exercise may also be the key to preventing and reversing potentially deadly diabetes, according to a study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine.

"Exercise is one of the first management strategies advised for patients with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes," say the study authors. "Exercise training, whether aerobic or resistance training or a combination, facilitates glucose regulation."

"Not exercising worsens diabetes as well as increases your risk of death," Dr. Gabe Mirkin M.D., author of "The Healthy Heart Miracle" and a leading sport medicine physician, tells Newsmax. "Most cases of diabetes are caused primarily by excess fat stored in the liver and muscles. The excess fat prevents these tissues from removing excess sugar from the bloodstream. Most cases of diabetes can be cured by getting the excess fat out of the liver so the longer you exercise, the more fat you get rid from the muscles and the liver."

Mirkin reports that even people who have limited time to exercise can benefit from short bursts of intense exercise followed by short rests between each interval.

"Everyday opportunities for interval exercise include carrying heavy shopping bags up a few flights of stairs, running to catch a bus, walking fast from one place to another, pushing a lawn mower, or even vacuuming your house with vigor," says the expert.

"A key to prolonging your life and preventing disease is to keep moving. Lying in bed for hours a day is a sure-fire way to kill yourself," he adds. "When you exercise your skeletal muscles, you circulate blood to the heart — and with each contraction, pump extra blood back to the heart. Your heart responds to the extra blood by contracting with greater force, so it becomes stronger. Each day that you spend not moving your muscles weakens your heart until you eventually die of heart failure.

"There is no doubt that exercise will prolong your life," says Mirkin. "You don't even have to have a specific exercise program — just keep moving."

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