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Structured Exercise vs Being Active

Gretchen Becker Health Guide February 20, 2013
  • I recently read an article discussing ethnic differences in insulin sensitivity in relation to obesity. The conclusion was that formerly overweight African American women were more insulin sensitive than never-overweight African American women, and that insulin-sensitive African American women were m...

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  • Mike Barker
    Feb. 21, 2013

    Hi Gretchen

     

    I can’t count how many times I had to search through documents to find out what the constituents were in a particular “crap in a  bag” or to find that the researchers had made no important distinctions between fats.

    Oh yeah, it’s frustrating.

    Your last post, however, got me thinking about this subject. I am from...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Gretchen

     

    I can’t count how many times I had to search through documents to find out what the constituents were in a particular “crap in a  bag” or to find that the researchers had made no important distinctions between fats.

    Oh yeah, it’s frustrating.

    Your last post, however, got me thinking about this subject. I am from the working class in Detroit. The most I knew about exercise was when old people went out to stroll. Nobody else ever did such a thing. To this day, I can’t exercise. It bores me to tears. It has to be related to doing something then I don’t have a problem.

    Most of my people would qualify as sedentary under this definition though a good amount of them worked themselves to death.

    • Gretchen Becker
      Health Guide
      Feb. 21, 2013

      Mike, I agree with you. That study of exceptionally long-lived Ashkenazi Jews noted that none of them exercised, they ate a lot of chicken fat, and they didn't like tofu. The most important factor for longevity is genes, I think. Environment does have an effect, but maybe not as much as genes.

       

      And exercise is definitely good for cardiac health.

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      RHMLucky777

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      Mike, I agree with you. That study of exceptionally long-lived Ashkenazi Jews noted that none of them exercised, they ate a lot of chicken fat, and they didn't like tofu. The most important factor for longevity is genes, I think. Environment does have an effect, but maybe not as much as genes.

       

      And exercise is definitely good for cardiac health.

       

      I'm thinking it's more important to avoid long periods of total inactivity, which probably results in your circulation stagnating, than it is to run around the block once  a day.

       

      I wonder whether if people with desk jobs stood up every 15 minutes and swung their arms that would help. When I was in school I remember doing stuff like that, and the Chinese schools have, or used to have, regular movement exercises in class.

  • Robin
    Feb. 21, 2013

    Interestingly, I was first diagnosed about two years before I started doing anything about it. During those two years of increasingly high blood glucose readings, I lost 30 pounds without changing diet or exercise, and without meds. I always attributed it to the diabetes.

    • Gretchen Becker
      Health Guide
      Feb. 21, 2013

      Robin, Yes. Weight loss is a symptom of diabetes.