Sport- The Anti-Diabetes Pill To Take
Sport and Diabetes
Back in 1959 the Joslin Clinic already reported that physical activity, aerobics and sports in general, are an integral part of the treatment plan for diabetes, and that due to the synergetic action of insulin and muscular activity, physical exercise is considered a mainstay of the diabetes therapy.Many people already know what diabetes is, but not everyone knows that sport represents a tool for treating diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes. In this article I want to make a small introduction in order to try to convey some information for understanding how important sport is to fight diabetes. I will, therefore, report some scientific studies, but also some examples of athletes with diabetes who won several gold medals, thus demonstrating that a disease should not be an obstacle in achieving one’s goals.

There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes mainly affects young people, and is caused by the malfunctioning of the pancreas which regulates glycemia by releasing insulin, whereas type 2 diabetes is manifested by the resistance of the cells with respect to insulin, leading to difficulties with glucose in the intracellular environment and, consequently, a rise in glycemia. The latter type of diabetes generally occurs after the age of 40-50, but there is an increasing phenomenon of young people under the age of 20 who are affected by it. Among the main causes of this change in trend are excess weight and obesity, which are related to scarce food culture and the reluctance to engage in physical activities. Obesity can also Increase the risk of developing cancer. This is why here in roundfit we also deal with nutrition, to try to provide a complete service and to promote the principles of the Mediterranean diet, which is also suitable for those suffering from type 2 diabetes which has less dietary restrictions than type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes and Sport - what studies say

Improving one’s lifestyle by following a healthy diet and doing regular physical activity, results in a reduction of 50-60% of the risk of the onset of diabetes for people who are highly at risk, in those people who already have some intolerance to carbohydrates. Obviously, besides fighting diabetes, aerobic exercise has many other beneficial effects. Among these, it reduces the risk of coronary diseases, it greatly increases the sense of wellbeing and much more.
For those who suffer from diabetes, it is recommended to practice sports that have a continuous and prolonged aerobic activity, without fits and starts, that is to say exercises of high-synergy activity and moments of complete deadlock. Sport and exercise act as a real anti-diabetes medicine. Several studies, including the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study, show that to prevent diabetes it is sufficient to walk for 150 minutes per week, and to choose the stairs instead of the elevator.

Athletes who suffer from diabetes and won gold medals

Sport is a successful weapon for young people with diabetes. I would like to mention some people who are important examples of motivation for me, such as the swimmer Gary Hall, Olympic gold medal, and the footballer players Paul Aaron Scholes and Nicolas Amodio. These champions have shown that diabetes must not be an obstacle for doing sports even at competitive levels.

I want to leave you with one of the wisest quotes I've ever read:

"Take care of your body, it's the only place where you have to live" Jim Rohn

So no excuses, start training now!
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