Critical place of physical exercise in PREVENTING type 2 DM….
–I joined the fatherless club many years ago courtesy of DM. About 2013, my half-brother, in his early 30s, was diagnosed with T2DM – he was admitted in the hospital where I work with a random blood glucose of more than 540mg/dl.
–After discharge, I worked on him to start a regular physical exercise program. He started and has continued till date. He stopped sulphonylurea few weeks after hospitalization and metformin 2 – 3 months later. He has had normal blood glucose control ( FBG and A1C) for the past 3 years.
–It made sense! In the primitive days when man was a hunter, farmer and was not sure where the next meal would come from, they lived long. The likes of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the Bible lived more than 100 years.
–Insulin resistance is an important component of T2DM. Exercise increases insulin sensitivity, and when exercise is regular like meals, your guess is as good as mine!
–So, with regular physical exercise T2DM can be controlled without medications (??reversed), it’s emergence can be delayed or prevented. My half-brother’s case provides a ready testimony.
–In my practice (as a diabetologist/endocrinologist), the critical contribution of physical exercise to the management of persons living with T2DM is obvious.
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