A catch 22 dilemma with diabetes and exercise.

Frank Pio Russo - June 18, 2017.

It is a fact that once one's been a diabetic for a while, and exposed most of the proteins to higher sugars - such as the various enzymes and others - most of these become somewhat modified... i.e. they become "glycated" - in other words their molecules take on some added glucoses... this of course is a well known phenomenon of the HbA1c haemoglobin molecule which is routinely used for diabetic monitoring.

It is also well known, that once an individual succumbs to the diabetes illness, he becomes physically weakened by it. Actually this is not all simply due to the fact that the sugars are no longer as available to the muscles as they used to be, but in line with what I've mentioned already, it's also due to a significant loss of physiological function by the various proteins, as a result of their diabetes induced "glycosilation"!

Hence a major catch 22 develops and this can be rather debilitating. Exercise is of key importance to ameliorate a diabetic's health, and perhaps even restoring him to good health. However due to his diabetic weakened state, the patient is confined to carry out very weak and inconsequential exercises that achieve very little. And on top of that the situation is made far worse by the altered state of many of his proteins: not only is he limited to very light and ineffective exercise, but his recuperative powers are now almost non-existent... if he overdoes his minimal exercises just a tiny bit, he'll find that he is full of aches and pains and may not be able to take up his physical activity again for weeks!

So how does one solve this bit of a catch-22? Well most of the weakened diabetics, are mainly the ones that are on oral medications only, and as such are really on no more than a starvation diet - constantly trying to keep their sugars low! Therefore the key is to add some insulin into the picture and attempt to regain some strength by being more generous with some wholesome foods! Obviously the bodyweight will slightly increase, but of course so will the strength and one will resultantly be able to do some effective exercising.

Once the exercising gets going, the diabetic will find that although his weight has stabilized, his waist is getting smaller as some of the fat is dissipating, whilst extra muscle is being added on in the right places. Of course as this process gets going, one can slowly begin to taper off the insulin - which would have by then well served its purpose!

Finally - I hope that not only have I highlighted the catch-22 that most diabetics are inflicted with, but I have also given a practical solution for overcoming it.

Frank Pio Russo.