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Exercise to Treat Diabetes Types, Particularly Type 1.

Believe it or not! Diabetes types exercise treatment? This I got to see. Let’s start with Type 1 and follow the case of a fifty-six years old lady who is an avid exerciser. She has competed in many running contests and marathons. The amazing thing is it has been necessary for her to have insulin for the past 22 years unlike for other diabetes types since it was revealed she had Type 1 diabetes mellitus. Let’s see how she does it.

She monitors her blood sugar carefully because she knows she needs a lower dose when she exercises. If she didn’t lower her insulin injection, her blood sugar would go down to a dangerous low level. Also when she runs a race, she brings juice and Graham crackers to give herself a sugar boost.

For a few weeks Libby has been worried about a dull chest pain. She said it came with belching and an acidic taste. She’s also having trouble with blood sugar control. Sometimes it drops below 60 mg/dL and does not get better as fast as before after consuming some carbohydrate. And when she lowers her insulin dose, her blood sugar level soars to 300 mg/dL or more.




Libby went for a physical examination. The examination found her chest pains were not caused by heart problems. She was found to have heart burn or esophageal reflux. But they had to rule out heart disease as it is the major cause of death among men and women her age.

Here's a video on a preliminary study that may have found a cure for type 1 diabetes in lettuce. Lettuce is pretty safe unless you are allergic to it. Most of us eat this and experience no harmful side effects. Remember it is just a preliminary study.


Now we already know that Type 1 diabetes occurs in young adults and children, unlike other diabetes types. We also know that this happens due to the over activity of the immune system. When this happens, the cells that produce insulin are destroyed. And we know what this leads to - insulin deficiency.

People suffering from Type 1 diabetes, unlike other diabetes types, require insulin and there are thirty types of insulin. And here is where exercise comes in. Although it does not prevent Type 1 diabetes, it can help in the treatment. As a matter of fact, before insulin was discovered exercise was the foundation of diabetes management.

Exercise makes the power of insulin stronger. This makes the injected insulin more powerful. What do you think will this do? It makes insulin more effective. This will result in the people suffering from Type 1 diabetes not to need as much insulin.


The question is this. How much exercise does a person need to treat Type 1 diabetes as opposed to other diabetes types? The bad news is exercise does not always result in as many benefits as for Type 2. Don’t worry though because every challenge has a solution. Exercising three or more times a week improves the regulation of the blood sugar level and becoming fit makes it even better.

Barbara Campaign and Associates studied children with Type 1 diabetes and not for other diabetes types. These children exercised for 25 minutes at 80% of their maximal heart rate, three times a week for 12 weeks. Can you guess what happened? Their fasting blood sugar dropped 16%! And not only that. Their long-term sugar level control went down by an average of 10%.

It must be pointed out here though that the diabetes exercise at lesser intensity may not have as good effects on the blood sugar level. Neither will it improve the efficiency of insulin. And remember this finding is for children tested who have type 1 diabetes and is not for the other diabetes types. How about for adults with Type 1 diabetes? Fasten your seat belts.

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