Guest Editor…. with Daffodils

Note: Last Saturday I went for a walk and there were no daffodils blooming, just buds. The weather was quite warm, maybe 70 degrees. The very next day I walked again and ALL the daffodils were in bloom, so here they are in between Su’s paragraphs to remind you that Spring is here, even though the weather doesn’t always feel like it!

I received a very interesting email from a reader, Su Rollins on the topic of hypoglycemia. I told her I would print the information, keeping in mind that I am not necessarily endorsing everything she says and that this is not a “prescription” for readers to follow. Also, if you are a person with type 2 diabetes, you might want to run this by your doctor. (Her bio is at the end.)

Here is the link, and I have also  printed the article below.

http://hypoglycemicdiet.org/Everybody_Know_Prevent_Hypoglycemia_Using_Fitness_Exercises.doc

What Everybody Ought to Know About Prevent Hypoglycemia Using Fitness Exercises

What effect does exercise have on glucose levels?

When exercising, muscles use glucose for energy. At first, the body uses glucose converted from glycogen in the muscles. Then, glucose is taken from the bloodstream. During prolonged exercise, in order prevent blood glucose levels from becoming too low, glucagon and additional hormones are released. These hormones trigger the breakdown of stored fat into components the liver can convert into more glucose. With frequent and regular exercise, the body’s sensitivity to insulin improves and better glycemic control is developed.

Why is the effect of exercise on glucose levels important to those with type 2 diabetes?

Some studies demonstrate that patients with diabetes who exercise regularly have better glycemic control compared to those who do not. As insulin sensitivity improves with exercise, patients may need less medication to control blood sugar levels. People with type 2 diabetes are particularly at risk for exercise-induced hypoglycemia during and after exercise. However, some patients with poorly controlled diabetes are at risk for hyperglycemia.(Hyperglycemia, hyperglycaemia, or high blood sugar is a condition in which an excessive amount of glucose circulates in the blood plasma. This is generally a blood glucose level of 10+ mmol/l (180 mg/dl), but symptoms may not start to become noticeable until later numbers such as 15-20+ mmol/l (270-360+ mg/dl). However, chronic levels exceeding 125 mg/dl can produce organ damage. From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperglycemia )

Should patients with type 2 diabetes exercise more often or differently than otherwise healthy people?

There are times when type 2 diabetes sufferers are prone to hypoglycemia, which is a condition that can develop out of exercise. This is both after as well as during the exercise routine itself. But at the same time, patients who exercise poor management of their diabetic condition may also be high risk when it comes to hyperglycemia.

What type of exercise is best for type 2 diabetes patients?

When it comes to exercise, the kind of exercise that is used is not as important compared to the frequency of the exercise. There are also some studies showing that if you participate in both weight training and aerobic activity, you get even more benefits as a result.

When should patients be discouraged from exercising?

Some patients have a higher risk of developing injuries from the stress of an intense exercise program. Such patients include those with higher cardiovascular risk, those over the age of 35, and those leading sedentary lifestyles. These patients should be thoroughly evaluated before beginning a new exercise program. Patients with severely low blood sugar levels should wait until their condition improves.

How might a patient be encouraged to exercise?

Encourage patients to start with small changes to their normal routine, like taking the stairs and not the elevator. Suggest activities that the patient finds enjoyable and convenient. Participation in several different activities may keep patients from becoming bored and losing interest. Having a partner or personal trainer can also help patients stay motivated.

Su’s website is quite interesting, so after reading this article, you may want to go directly to the site for more information and recipes: www.hypoglycemicdiet.org. Also, here is her bio, quoted directly from her email to me:

“Hi, I’m Su R. Rollins and I write www.hypoglycemicdiet.org to help you get all information you need to raise awareness to diabetes and its associated complications and to support those living with diabetes on a daily basis. I live in Texas and I was born in ‘76 I’m a sports book writer. I started hypoglycemicdiet.org in 2009 to help other people like me understand how to provide objective and credible information on diabetes.

Prior to raising my family, I spent over 5 years as a teacher, corporate trainer and workshop leader. To contact me, please email at info to: info@hypoglycemicdiet.org.


P.S. from ellensue; I also read that cinnamon, my favorite baking spice, is helpful with type 2 diabetes. For more information on the relationship between cinnamon and diabetes, go to: http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2004/11/01/4013/cinnamon/ for an interesting article on this topic.

3 Responses to “Guest Editor…. with Daffodils”

  1. Paula A. Buchak Says:

    What glorious daffodils! I wish their time in the spring was longer.
    Paula

  2. ellen sue spicer Says:

    Ah, yes, but soon come the tulips! es

  3. ellen sue spicer Says:

    I feel honored I am the first! es

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