Imagine if you will
I have long known that strength training, or resistance training is beneficial to folks with type 2 diabetes. It causes your muscles to better utilize insulin, increases glucose uptake, reduces the risk of heart disease and assists you in losing weight. Score!! However, I have also long known that I am not suitable material to become a gym rat. I just couldn’t see myself in the midst of sweaty, grunting, muscle-bound men or lithe, midriff-baring cuties. No thanks. I decided that walking on my treadmill would be sufficient for added exercise, thank you very much. Lately though, I’ve been thinking that I ought to step things up a bit and see if I couldn’t do more. (Besides, my husband decided he might like to try it and… well there you have it.) Here’s the stupid part: our health insurance will pay for the membership through the Silver Sneakers program. I can go to the local gym for free and I’m not doing it? Stupid.
**Edited 7/17/15 (at the bottom)
It’s no secret that I’ve been eating a low carb diet, called Esther, for quite some time now. I’m certain that my level of carbs has been at the extreme low end during this month of “fun”. I honestly haven’t been paying much attention. The fact that there are very few processed carbs in the house and I haven’t had much energy to climb out of my recliner, let alone shop, means that what I have been eating is most likely a protein or a vegetable. I’ve eaten like this for more than a year and never saw these meter readings.
**Nope, not cured. (BIG surprise!!) Here it is halfway through July and my glucose readings are going back up, slowly. I haven’t seen anything in the 150s in the AM but I have seen some 130s. I’m still not feeling 100% and am still eating on the lite side, but I have had a few munchie attacks and my meter has noticed. If I stay true to my food plan, my numbers are acceptable but we all know that there will be “those days” when I say, “what food plan?” 😀 In other words: back to business as usual!
I’ve written many times here about how PWD need to take charge of their diabetes and find what works for them. I’ve also written about how mad I am that the mainstream recommendations for people with type 2 seem to be completely backwards!
Clear back in 2013 (really much sooner than that) I was calling out the mainstream ideas of what we should be eating with type 2 diabetes. I was pleased beyond belief when Dr. Peter Attia gave this TedTalk. No one is going to listen to me, but here’s a doctor saying the same thing!