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Aerobics and Resistance Training Are Great for Diabetes2

Living with Diabetes

You’ve probably heard it before, if you have type 2 diabetes it’s important to include exercise as part of your lifestyle to manage blood glucose levels. The latest research confirms that’s true, and adds that combining different types of exercise may be even more effective.

Treatment goals for type 2 diabetes

The treatment goals recommended for type 2 diabetes mellitus are clear cut: to achieve and maintain optimal blood glucose levels, along with lipids (blood fats) and blood pressure control. Many people with diabetes can achieve this by making lifestyle changes:

• Making healthy food choices;
• Doing regular exercise;
• Taking prescribed medications; and
• Losing excess weight.

The importance of exercise stressed in recent position paper

Last fall, in a joint position paper published by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association, the subject of exercise and its effects on those with type 2 diabetes was reviewed in-depth. It revealed that only 39% of adults with diabetes are physically active, compared to 58% of other American adults.

The position paper also stated that exercise is highly recommended for people with type 2 diabetes mellitus and can be done safely and effectively. While this is not new, both this position paper and a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicate that a combined regimen of aerobic exercise and resistance training such as weight lifting can significantly lower blood sugar.

Combine aerobic and resistance workouts for the best results

The research suggests that combined training 3 times each week for people with type 2 diabetes mellitus may be of greater benefit than either type of exercise alone. Previous studies looking at exercise and type 2 diabetes suggest that when combining aerobic and resistance training, caloric expenditure was greatest. This most recent study published in JAMA showed that participants doing the combination training lowered their Hemoglobin A1c from 7.7 percent to 7.3 percent–which indicates a reduced risk of heart disease.

Start your new program by checking with your healthcare provider

Always a word of caution–be sure to check with your healthcare provider before starting a new exercise program. If exercise is new to you, initial instruction and possible supervision from a qualified exercise trainer is recommended

Eating Spinach Makes For More Efficient Muscles

After taking a small dose of inorganic nitrate for three days, healthy people consume less oxygen while riding an exercise bike. A new study in the February issue of Cell Metabolism traces that improved performance to increased efficiency of the mitochondria that power our cells.

The researchers aren’t recommending anyone begin taking inorganic nitrate supplements based on the new findings. Rather, they say that the results may offer one explanation for the well-known health benefits of fruits and vegetables, and leafy green vegetables in particular.

“We’re talking about an amount of nitrate equivalent to what is found in two or three red beets or a plate of spinach,” said Eddie Weitzberg of the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. “We know that diets rich in fruits and vegetables can help prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes but the active nutrients haven’t been clear. This shows inorganic nitrate as a candidate to explain those benefits.”

In fact, up until recently nitrate wasn’t thought to have any nutritional value at all. It has even been suggested that this component of vegetables might be toxic. But Weitzberg and his colleague Jon Lundberg earlier showed that dietary nitrate feeds into a pathway that produces nitric oxide with the help of friendly bacteria found in our mouths. Nitric oxide has been known for two decades as a physiologically important molecule. It opens up our blood vessels to lower blood pressure, for instance.

The new study offers yet another benefit of nitrate and the nitric oxides that stem from them. It appears that the increased mitochondrial efficiency is owed to lower levels of proteins that normally make the cellular powerhouses leaky. “Mitochondria normally aren’t fully efficient,” Weitzberg explained. “No machine is.”

Questions do remain. The new results show that increased dietary nitrate can have a rather immediate effect. But it’s not yet clear what might happen in people who consume higher levels of inorganic nitrate over longer periods of time. Weitzberg says it will be a natural next step to repeat the experiment in people with conditions linked to mitochondrial dysfunction, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, to see if they too enjoy the benefits of nitrates.

“Among the more consistent findings from nutritional research are the beneficial effects of a high intake of fruit and vegetables in protection against major disorders such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” the researchers concluded. “However, the underlying mechanism(s) responsible for these effects is still unclear, and trials with single nutrients have generally failed. It is tempting to speculate that boosting of the nitrate-nitrite-NO pathway may be one mechanism by which vegetables exert their protective effects.”

As an interesting aside, Weitzberg says that the benefits of dietary nitrates suggest that powerful mouthwashes may have a downside. “We need oral bacteria for the first step in nitrate reduction,” he says. “You could block the effects of inorganic nitrate if you use a strong mouthwash or spit [instead of swallowing your saliva]. In our view, strong mouthwashes are not good if you want this system to work.”