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Another Reason that Diabetics Need to Get Up and Be Active!

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Monday, 04 March 2013 18:21

Another Reason that Diabetics Need to Get Up and Be Active!

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Mon Mar 4 2013

There are a million and one reasons for you to get up off the couch and take the first step towards living a more active and healthier life.  However, just in case you needed one more, Diabetologia has published an article (here) stressing the importance of exercising for diabetes.  In fact, they found that the time that you spend throughout the day doing sedentary activities has a greater impact on increasing the risks for diabetes than simply being sedentary!  

The authors looked at the following variables and their impact on cardiometabolic risk factors (ie. glucose, triglycerides and HDL cholesterol): sedentary time, breaks in sedentary time (which is defined as a transition from a sedentary to an active state), MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity) and total physical activity.

Their findings showed that breaks in sedentary time, total physical activity and MVPA were significantly inversely associated with measure of adiposity but not with any other cardiometabolic variables.  This means that the amount of time that was spent being active was associated with the participants having less fat.  These results were consistent across age groups, which means that excess sedentary time has negative consequences from young adulthood through older ages (18-74 years).

A unique aspect of this study is that they found that the actual time spent being sedentary throughout the day is also detrimental on health.  So, the moral of the article is that *in addition* to simply aiming for 20-30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day, people should also focus on sitting less and moving more throughout the day, regardless of the intensity level of the activity!

 

If you would like to make an appointment with Moira Kwok ND to learn how a Naturopathic Doctor can help you treat or prevent diabetes, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any of the contact phone numbers to her midtown Toronto, downtown Toronto or Mississauga clinics (found HERE) and she would be happy to see you for an appointment.

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