How Resistance Training Affects Your Blood Sugar
Resistance training is an exercise that encourages the contraction of muscles against an opposing force. A dumb bell is an example of a common tool used to exert the opposing force.
During the contraction of muscles, they tear down through a process known as catabolism. The torn muscles are then regenerated by a metabolic process known as anabolism.
Muscle building is not the sole purpose of resistance training. It turns out that diabetic people can use this exercise for their bodies to react better to insulin, improve the use of blood sugar in the body and to lose weight.
During any exercise, glucose is needed by the muscles for energy. For the glucose to get into the muscles as energy, it needs to be converted to energy by insulin.
Lack of sufficient insulin prevents the conversion of glucose into energy, therefore instead of it getting into the muscles, it is released into the bloodstream.
The result is a higher blood sugar level in your body. The situation of insufficient insulin is known as insulin resistance. Does strength (resistance) training work any different from other exercises?
Does it lower or increase blood sugar levels? This article will take a look at how resistance training affects your blood sugar.
Insulin resistance, a causing factor of diabetes, is linked to the accumulation of fatty acids, otherwise known as lipids in the body. It is common in people who are obese and people that do not exercise regularly.
Resistance training targets the contraction of the white muscles. These muscles deplete their energy cells much faster. Therefore, there is the need for the body to supply more energy in a shorter period.
Your body will try to find various ways of providing the needed energy. The body, through metabolic processes, oxidizes the accumulated lipids to provide more energy and to form muscle tissues.
The result is a decreased amount of accumulated fatty acids, therefore, reducing the insulin resistance. The reduction in insulin resistance means that the body can convert more glucose into energy cells metabolically.
Glucose is put to better use than it being released into the blood stream, therefore decreasing blood sugar levels.
Sugar has a high caloric content and increased sugar intake leads to obesity, which is linked to diabetes. Resistance training ensures that this sugar is converted into energy instead of it accumulating thus regulating blood sugar levels.
This also makes it an effective weight management program. Losing weight fights obesity so diabetes will be kept at bay.
For effective control of blood sugar levels in the body, resistance training should be done twice or three times a week to create a balance in the blood sugar levels.
The body consumes a lot of energy in this form of exercise, thus depleting energy cells faster. This means that too much exercise will decrease the glucose levels and take it below the required level in the blood.
Less exercising will increase the glucose levels thus taking it above the required level in the blood. Sugar that is high or below the required blood sugar level interferes with the optimal functioning of the body.
Include resistance training in your lifestyle for a healthier body and longevity.