Why Resistance Training Improves the Muscle "Gas Tank"

In recent years, the most compelling scientific evidence for diabetes management has been the inclusion of resistance/strength training as part of an exercise routine. Why is it so important? Think of it this way: our muscles are the main place we have to store any excess carbohydrates that we eat, and the bigger the muscle "gas tank,” the more carbs we can store there. The sad reality is that getting older by itself causes some loss of muscle mass over time. If you go on a diet to lose weight, you'll also very likely to lose some muscle and not just fat--unless you resistance train. Being sedentary and having diabetes both increase the rate at which you lose muscle, and older adults with d

Don't Let Diabetes Stand in Your Way of Your Dreams

​​​​ I had to wait more than half my life to overcome the only thing I had never been allowed to do with type 1 diabetes...but I finally prevailed. You can do almost everything you want to with diabetes. One blaring exception is scuba diving through any NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) organization. My story is that when I was a graduate student back in 1987, I signed up at the University of California, Davis for a scuba diving certification course. I didn't know about NAUI or much of anything scuba-related, but got a rude awakening when I was booted out of the class after having a required physical exam and admitting that I had type 1 diabetes. I was devastated. Des

Exercise: It Does a Body Good

Athletes around the world are now competing (and competing well) with diabetes. Scott Dunton, a professional surfer with type 1 diabetes, is just one example of how exercise does a body good! However, there are some things I wish I had always known about exercising with diabetes... Being active has always made me feel better, physically and emotionally. But here are some other things about exercise that I wish someone had told me years ago. 1) Exercise can help erase your blood glucose “mistakes” Exercise acts as an extra dose of insulin, figuratively. At rest, insulin is the main way to get glucose into muscle cells, but during exercise, glucose goes muscles without insulin (caused by musc

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