Lift Weights Before Aerobic Exercise?

Healthy Eating for Children - Lift weights before aerobic exercise?Reuters Health just published an article regarding a study done by Dr. Ronald Sigal, an endocrinologist at the University of Calgary in Canada. In this study, people with type 1 diabetes were monitored while exercising.

Type 1 diabetes is a condition, usually diagnosed in children, in which the body does not produce its own insulin, a hormone needed to convert food into fuel. Because of this there is a risk of low blood sugar during exercise. So if the people in this study had blood sugar levels below a certain level, they had to stop and eat a snack.

Researchers found that if a participant did aerobic exercise first, their blood sugar level fell to a dangerous level very quickly, but if they did weight lifting first, they were able to exercise much longer without the need to stop for a snack.

This agrees with previous research showing that aerobic exercise causes a more rapid decrease in blood sugar than weightlifting.

There were only 12 people in the study, so it needs to be repeated with more participants, but it makes an interesting point: People with type 1 diabetes who tend to develop low blood sugar during exercise should consider weight lifting first.


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4 Responses to Lift Weights Before Aerobic Exercise?

  1. Qamar says:

    You cannot take Metformin while prnaegnt!!! You can try to keep the glucose levels down with just food planning and exercise, but life is so much simpler with insulin to help.What the doctor is aiming at is a very healthy baby and mother when the pregnancy is over!!Ok, now change your whole lifestyle!! Because if you are GD you are at very much higher risk of developing full type 2 diabetes later in life.Think of me as your Nana telling you how to live your life!!Start with the low carb lifestyle, Atkins phase 2, South Beach phase 2, Zone Diet, all will assist you to become a very healthy good mother. These food plans are very good to instill in your daughters also. They will be at a much higher risk for diabetes as well.Come on!! Pricking your fingers every day sometimes hurts, but taking an injection doesn’t hurt that much! You will be able to have more variety in food planning than if you flat out refuse to consider the insulin.Come through this pregnancy healthy and happy and have a healthy baby!! That is the name of the game! If it takes insulin, well it takes insulin.Good luck, little one!!!

    • Marvin says:

      So-called hypoglycemia’ is NOT a pocruesrr of diabetes so that is one thing that you will not have to worry about. The confusion with the term began in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was noted that some non-diabetic individuals had the same symptoms as a diabetic who took too much insulin and developed true hypoglycemia. Research quickly demonstrated that the non-diabetic’s hypoglycemia symptoms were not related to glucose levels. It was then thought to be due to a delay in insulin release and was renamed reactive hypoglycemia. Alas this was disproven as well. Insulin levels were looked at but they were also found not to be the factor. Finally by 1980 someone asked what did the diabetic with true hypoglycemia and the non-diabetic with hypoglycemic symptoms have in common. The symptoms in both cases are triggered by the autonomic nervous system. It was quickly demonstrated (I will reluctantly admit that I was involved in this research) that non-diabetics with the symptoms of hypoglycemia had a flaw in the adrenergic component of the autonomic nervous system. Although a diet consisting of small frequent meals and avoiding refined carbohydrates may work it is tedious. Since 1980 beta blockers such as atenolol and metoprolol tartrate have been utilized as these blunt adrenergic tone’. As the Federal Aviation Admistration allows commercial pilots to take beta blockers I assume that the Air Force will not object. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you the very best of health and in all things may God bless.

    • Lena says:

      Nocci said pre diabetes is like pre prencagny I agree!! It just doesn’t exist. Either you are or you are not.Do not be afraid of the medications to control glucose numbers. They help enormously and may prevent other problems as well.Go see your doctor for full physical including blood draws to rule out any other problems you may have also. All the endocrine systems are interconnected and most of us have more than one problem area!!!You can get an Atkins Carb counter book and go by it to cut the grams of carb down in your food plan to about 100 to 125 per day and it may help you. I do not count calories at all. That is a very meaningless number. Eat all the protein and fat foods you wish. They have absolutely nothing to do with glucose control!! Fat does not pack on the bod as fat. It is excreted in the digestive process. It is the Carbs that pack on the bod as fat and cause the weight gain.Any low carb food plan you wish, but don’t start with the initial phases of any of them. Start on the maintainance levels. Long term lifestyle changes here!!There is no such thing as a Diabetic Diet! None of us are the same, we are all totally unique individuals and foods treat us very individually and uniquely.

  2. Dilep says:

    Ask your doctor for a diet glndeuiie. You can eat just about anything but have to remember that a good share of what you eat that is not good for you is empty nutrition. Follow the Diabetic Pyramid which you can get on line. Cut down on portions and you will be surprised at how much you really do NOT need to eat. Good luck. If you can control it by diet alone you will be way ahead of the game! It is your life and your health and it is up to you!Here is the pyramid in case you can’t find it. The bottom is breads, grains and other starches. This includes beans, peas, and corn which are really veggies but are too starchy to eat as veggies. You get to have 6-11 servings a day. The servings are small. That is a 1/2 c potatoes, yams, peas, corn, beans (not french fries!), 1/3 c of rice or pasta (if you smash it gently down into the cup it is way more than you think it will be), one slice of bread. I/4 of a large bagel. So, if you want a sandwich for lunch that is 2 servings.The next step up is half veggies and half fruits. For the veggies you get 3-5 servings a day. That is 1 c raw and 1/2 c cooked. Just about any veggie not listed with the starches is okay but dark leafy green veggies are really good for you. And so are carrots.Fruits you get 2-4 servings a day. That is 1/2 canned fruit (in it’s own juice, NOT heavy syrup. Lite fruit is okay. One small fresh fruit is a serving. If you get bananas get the smallest regular ones you can. If you get huge ones it is 2 servings. Good fruits are melons cuz you can have 1 cut cut up, raspberries you can have 1c and strawberries whole (w/o sugar or add some Equal) you can have 1 1/4-1 1/2 cups! I measure them, cut them up and sprinkle a packet of Equal on if they are not in season.The next level up is about 1/4-1/3 milk and the rest meat. Milk means milk not all dairy. You get 2-3 servings a day. Use low fat or fat free. Start with the low fat if you hate Skim MIlk and you will get used to the watered down taste. Also you can have 1 c of yogurt but get fat free. You can get flavors but watch the sugar content. 15 grams or under should be okay and don’t get the fruit on the bottom stuff. If you don’t really like yogurt (I don’t) try getting a plain flavor like lemon or peach in the fat free and freeze it and eat it like a frozen treat. it is yummy.Meats you get 4-6 small servings a day. You can have any kind of meat as long as you blot fat , don’t eat the fat that is attached and the serving is the size of a deck of cards. Obviously meat like skinless chicken breast and unbreaded fish will have less fat. I rely on spices to make it taste better. 1/4 c of cottage cheese, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or 1/2 cup of tofu (yuck) is also considered meat. As well as a small handful of unsalted nuts like walnuts, pecans or almonds.The top of the pyramid is the tiny point of it and that is fats. oils, and sweets. You can have a small portion of cake or pie every once in awhile. Try to stay away from oils (olove oil is the best or corn oil) and fats but it is inevitable you will have some. Don’t add a lot of butter to your food and try to use reduced fat margarine (I Can’t Beleive It’s Not Butter is good). Cook with Pam cooking spray (I acutally get the Meijer store brand which works the same but it way cheaper.)Once you get used to THINKING about what you are eating it gets easier. Make a game out of it. You won’t really feel hungry with all that food you can use but you may feel deprived from what you used to eat. You will get over that eventually and once in awhile you can have the sweets or fries. Just remember that if you cheat you are only cheating yourself.If you are married your family will benefit, too, and you will more than likely lose weight and that can’t be a bad thing, right?Good luck and good health!!PS While some doctors still do call it borderline Diabetic usually now they say pre-Diabetic .

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