Exercise is good for health! Haven’t we all heard it all the time? But how much of that statement is true? Well, research says that even of individual hits the gym for an hour or walks in the evening or morning, sitting at one place leads to diabetes. The average adult spends around between 50% to 70 % of their day sitting and people who sat for the longest period were twice as much likely to get many diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure but the highest with diabetes.
Diabetes has become a common health condition these days, all thanks to our lifestyle. Sitting all day can especially raise the chances of type 2 diabetes. What happens in diabetes? In a normal healthy individual, the excess glucose from the food is converted to glycogen by insulinto be used in the liver for future use. Insulin is the hormone produced by the Islets of Langerhans of the pancreas.
At times of energy shortage, this glycogen is converted to glucose by glucagon from the pancreas for immediate energy use. In diabetics, insulin production is hampered due to some reason or the other. When one is sitting, the body needs to work harder in order to absorb sugar and produce insulin. This puts a lot of undue pressure on the pancreatic cells to produce insulin. Moreover, it has been found that long periods of physical inactivity can suppress the action of an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase which removes fat from the blood into the muscles for activity, drastically increasing the chances of heart diseases too.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes are:
- Increased thirst frequent urination
- Blurred vision
- Extreme hunger
- Unexplained weight loss
- Frequent infections
Diabetics are also at an i creased risk of nerve damage or neuropathy, kidney damage, foot damage, depression, Alzheimer’s disease as well as many bacterial and fungal skin infections.
All that one needs to do is stand up and walk slowly. One doesn’t need frequent episodes of exercise, just some more activity. It is recommended that one stands up for two minutes for every 20 minutes of physical inactivity. So, if a TV program is for 20 minutes, standing up for two minutes during the commercial break would be just fine. Regular exercising after sitting the entire day at one place may not be just doing enough for your body. The point is to reduce the overall sitting time in between prolonged sitting hours.
According to a research study of Harvard School of Public Health, every 2 hours spent sitting can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes almost by 14%. Therefore, we can conclude that being sedentary can be dangerous for our long term health and it has the strongest link to our level of physical activity and our diet. Stress also needs to be controlled to lower the chances of getting down with diabetes. So rise up and get diabetes free!