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Exercise and Diabetes

Timeless Fitness Tip

If you, or someone you know and love, has type 2 diabetes and are exercising diligently per doctor's orders, do not be discouraged if you do not lose weight in the process. That is because exercise still helps stabilize diabetes - even if you do not lose weight.

Fitness Walker Dealing with Exercise and Diabetes

Exercise helps in two ways:

  1. It makes your body's cells more sensitive to insulin.
  2. It helps get glucose (sugar) out of the blood and into the body's cells more efficiently.

Diabetes Development in the Works

A new diabetes development involving liposuction may prove beneficial. A study is underway to see whether liposuction can help prevent the disease.

Extra abdominal fat raises the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the adult-onset variety that 90-percent of diabetics in the United States have.

According to an official policy statement from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), "the ideal candidate for liposuction is a healthy adult with localized areas of fat."

Doctors know the risk drops when people lose weight the old-fashioned way. Many feel that one should not attempt to prevent a disease that can be avoided through diet and exercise - basic lifestyle changes. The newer study followed overweight diabetics who have liposuction to remove ten or more pounds to see if this fat removal method has the same benefit as natural weight loss. There were only 10 participants - five black and five white insulin-resistant women, all between 20 and 50 pounds over weight.

The three sponsors of the study are the ASPS, the Lipoplasty Society of North America and the National Institutes of Health.

Using Fat to Fight Disease

Fat on your belly or thighs? Rarely considered a valuable thing...until now. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) announced that, compared with fat in other areas of the body, belly and inner-thigh fat contain tissue with higher concentrations of stem cells. Surgeons and researchers hope to use the tissue to build stem cell lines and drugs that might one day treat diabetes, spinal cord injuries, or severe brain diseases. Adult stem cells, derived from our own tissues, hold strong promise for improved clinical therapies. (Source: ASPS Fat Grafting Task Force)

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