For the majority of people, a physically active lifestyle will go a long way towards preventing Type 2 diabetes. Those who are trying to treat their high and unstable blood sugar will benefit from changing their sedentary ways. Not only is exercise essential, but it is often instrumental in managing the course of diabetes because of its positive effects on insulin resistance and blood sugar levels.
Also, exercise helps address the number one cause of Type 2 diabetes: central (abdominal) obesity and insulin resistance. Those who are even mild overweight are at a risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. As such, it is not surprising to see most diabetics are overweight.
But there are always exception s. Some are even puzzling. Even though Type 2 diabetes is predictable, it can still act in odd ways. Clearly, this is the case when genetic factors are involved, exposing certain people to hyperglycemia more than others.
There is one exception we would like to discuss, and it is that of Type 2 diabetes affecting fit individuals. Standard advice recommends exercising and maintaining a healthy weight will almost always always be sufficient to keep high blood sugar at bay. The odd times where it still strikes, however, can be attributed to one factor causing high blood sugar …
- Diet and nutrition. Your nutrition may be to blame if you are in reasonable shape and you have a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. Even if there are some underlining genetic factors at work, such as a poorly impaired insulin response, your diet is the cause if you are fit and still have high blood sugar.
Uncontrollable factors like an autoimmune disorder are ruled out for one reason: if this was responsible, you would have Type 1 diabetes and more than likely would have been diagnosed when you were younger.
Being toned and fit with high blood sugar is not the norm, but it does happen. Moreover, it is almost always due to an excessive daily intake of carbohydrates, particularly, sugar …
- fruit juices,
- sweets, and
other common junk foods are usually involved.
While you could still eat your staples like oatmeal, bread, and pasta, you may be eating too much if you are fit and still have high blood sugar. If you have Type 2 diabetes and it is attributed to this cause, you are at least lucky in the sense it can be treated. Most will have to lose weight and go through a complete change in lifestyle to reverse the disease. But if your diet is the primary cause, a few but significant dietary changes will be all that is necessary.
You could see improvement in as early as a few weeks. A few months of eating a healthy diet with the sensible amount of carbs would be enough to bring your sugar reading back to normal.
As essential as it is to fit and control your weight, never forget you still need a balanced diet.