Is Your Lifestyle Leading to Deadly Diseases?

When you’re in pain, it’s hard to imagine being active. It’s hard to think about running again, or taking a walk with your spouse. We all know that it’s long been said that a sedentary lifestyle isn’t good for us. I’m sure many of you want to be active, but for a lot of you, you’re suffering from pain that is preventing you from getting out there and doing something. And to add more fuel to the fire, research is out that now says a sedentary lifestyle might just kill you.

It’s been proven that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease, however in the past when comparing the difference between a sedentary lifestyle and an active one, researches have typically only analyzed those who are sedentary. The studies found that the members of the sedentary group were, typically, more unhealthy than their active counterparts. However, researchers didn’t have any way to determine just how big of an impact a sedentary lifestyle was having on the sedentary group. They didn’t have a healthy baseline to compare to…until now.

This new study looked at one group of active people. According to Gretchen Reynolds of the NY Times:

Scientists fitted their volunteers with sophisticated glucose monitoring devices, which checked their blood sugar levels continuously throughout the day. They also gave the subjects pedometers and activity-measuring armbands, to track how many steps they took. Finally, they asked the volunteers to keep detailed food diaries.

Then they told them to just live normally for three days, walking and exercising as usual.

The Missouri volunteers were atypical in that regard. Each exercised 30 minutes or so most days and easily completed more than 10,000 daily steps during the first three days of the experiment. The average was almost 13,000 steps.During these three days, according to data from their glucose monitors, the volunteers’ blood sugar did not spike after they ate.

Researchers now had baseline measurements from an active group of test subjects. What they did next is interesting. They asked the active subjects to STOP exercising. Subjects took the elevator when possible, ordered lunch in instead of walking to their favorite restaurant, and limited their exercise to three minutes per day. According to the article, “They became, essentially, typical American adults.”

What was cool is that the subjects ate exactly the same meals that they had the previous three days. By doing that, researchers were able to deduct that changes in blood sugar level weren’t from eating fatter or sweeter meals. Check out the results:

During the three days of inactivity, volunteers’ blood sugar levels spiked significantly after meals, with the peaks increasing by about 26 percent compared with when the volunteers were exercising and moving more. What’s more, the peaks grew slightly with each successive day.

This change in blood sugar control after meals “occurred well before we could see any changes in fitness or adiposity,” or fat buildup, due to the reduced activity, Dr. Thyfault says. So the blood sugar swings would seem to be a result, directly, of the volunteers not moving much.

Pretty interesting. Blood sugar spikes in the test subjects weren’t dependent on what they ate but rather on whether or not they moved. If you’re living a sedentary life, don’t read this post as a knock against you. Instead, let this article give you HOPE that you can improve your health and change your life simply by moving!

QUESTION: Is your lifestyle leading to deadly diseases?