Diabetes? You Gotta Exercise! It Works - Big Time!!!
Posted Nov 10 2010 6:25pm
Ever since I was diagnosed as prediabetic I have been looking for ways to stave off the inexorable march to full-blown diabetes and its many heart related complications. As I wrote earlier, the words of one of many endocrinologists I went to keeps wringing in my ears. "You gotta exercise. I has been shown to work better than any else."
Well, as a numbers geek I have been tracking things in different situations. Like many prediabetics my fasting blood sugar is pretty stable - about 83mg/dL in my case. My problem is after eating - postprandial blood sugar.
To do yet another test I went out last Sunday and ate a large meal on an empty stomach. This included some nasty stuff like an abundance of french fried eggplant, a rack of ribs (which I'm had plenty of sugar in the sauce), three massive french fried shrimp (oh but were they good) with tartar sauce, a few veggies, and a small side salad (with a dressing which also likely had HFCS). Like I said, not a praticularly healthy meal but, then again, my intention was to cheat and see what the consequences were.
One and one-half hours after the meal my blood sugar was a still a nasty 135mg/dL so I fired up the old recumbent stationary bike and did my typical ride - about 44 minutes, 600 calories, and 7 miles (yeah, I know the calorie counter is reading high but it is just a reference number to help me track and compare rides).
So, 45 minutes later I take another reading - BADDA-BING! 77mg/dL, I dropped 58 points in 45 minutes. WOW! Like the doc says, "You gotta exercise!" Take it from me, it seems like magic and it works. I guess all those old-timers who take their evening "cosntitutional walk" after dinner knew what they were doing.
The bottomline here simple - after you eat - move. Walk stairs, walk around he block, heck do jumping jacks. It all adds up. You don't have to drop your blood sugar a whopping 58 points to have a dramatic effect. Every point you shave makes you a little healthier!