Reducing the diabetes death sentence

By now, you’re well aware I’m a big proponent of exercise. But I wasn’t always so fond of it. I did it, don’t get me wrong. But I dreaded every workout. And I’d be lying if I said there weren’t times when I still do. But, two years ago, I committed to working with a trainer five days per week. And it has quite literally changed my life. My clothes fit better, I have good definition in my muscles, and I can actually eat more than I used to. I couldn’t be happier with how I look and, more importantly, how I feel. But it took a strong commitment and I never deviate–even on vacation.

I’m not saying that you have to be that strict (this is simply what works best for me). But it is imperative that you do something. Because there’s mounting evidence that exercise can save your life.

In the latest study, patients with diabetes who performed even moderate levels of regular exercise reduced their risk of death by up to 38 percent.

The researchers found that total physical activity (actual exercise), leisure-time physical activity (think golfing, tennis, even gardening), and walking were all associated with lower risk of mortality.

In other words, every little bit helps!

“Physical Activity and Mortality in Individuals With Diabetes Mellitus: :  A Prospective Study and Meta-analysis,” Arch Int Med 2012; Aug 6 (epub ahead of print)