Orange is the new black, 40 is the new 20, and exercise is the new pill. Exercise is rapidly becoming the prescription of choice for more and more Type 2 diabetics. It has been proven to improve insulin resistance issues and is one’s best line of defense to thwart and remedy Type 2 diabetes. If Exercise is medicine, perhaps it’s time to think of it in terms of “dosages”. A 4-month study was conducted that measured exercise dose (amount, frequencey and intensity) and its impact on insulin sensitivity. The study showed a significant relationship exists relating to exercise intensity. There was significant improvement in insulin sensitivity when exercise was used as an intervention. Exercise is the new pill and you don’t need a doctor to prescribe it. How much should you “take”?- more is better than less and a little is better than nothing. The point is, do it.
Dubé JJ, Allison KF, Rousson V, Goodpaster BH, Amati F. Exercise dose and insulin sensitivity: relevance for diabetes prevention. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012 May;44(5):793-9. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31823f679f. PubMed PMID: 22051572; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3328621.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22051572