A short two weeks of physical inactivity effects diabetes more than most realize. For those who are overweight and are at risk for diabetes, two weeks without exercise can cause serious damage.
McMaster University in Ontario, Canada Study
A recent study publish in the Journals of Gerontology has determined that physical inactivity effects those who are at risk for diabetes harder. After the study, the participants who returned to their usual activity levels noticed that their health did not immediately return to what it was before. In other words, picking back up in activity did not resolve the issues inactivity created.
The study’s lead author, Chris McGlory said, “We expected to find that the study participants would become diabetic, but we were surprised to see that they didn’t revert back to their healthier state when they returned to normal activity.”
During the study, the participants were asked to reduce their steps to no more than 1,000 steps per day to mimic activity during illness. In addition to the change, their activity was monitored by special activity monitors and pedometers along with testing their blood sugar levels.
The results showed that showed that those who may experience health issues such as hospitalization, bed rest, or illness are more likely to struggle with their overall health.
The treatment for type 2 diabetes is not only expensive, but can also be complicated. If you know you’ll be inactive for a period of time, it’s important to adjust your monitoring and blood sugar management accordingly.
“In order for prediabetic older adults to recover metabolic health and prevent further declines from periods of inactivity, strategies such as active rehabilitation, dietary changes and perhaps medication might be useful,” says McGlory.