Uganda is not short of healthy foods but the burden of diabetes is becoming a worrying public health concern. According to Ministry of Health, 3.2 per cent of the population has diabetes, whereas one in every four Ugandans is overweight.
Dr William Lumu, the president of the Uganda Diabetic Association, says that one of the ways to prevent diabetes is through exercising.
Burn excess sugar
Dr Lumu explains that our bodies need fuel to make us carry out activities. When you exercise you burn off the excess glucose (the excess sugar). Remember excess glucose and sugar lead to obesity which is a risk factor to diabetes.
“One way of preventing diabetes is through exercises. For people who are at risk of getting diabetes, studies have shown when you exercise you reduce the risk of diabetes by 58 per cent,” Dr Lumu said.
Exercises will enable the muscles to be active and sensitive. This enables them to take in the glucose very easily.
Dr Thereza Piloya a pediatric endocrinologist says, “Exercises are very crucial in preventing diabetes. Exercises make muscles active, sensitive and easily take up glucose,”
Dr John Omagino, the executive director Uganda Heart Institute, elaborates that, “God gave you one chance to deal with the excess, you burn through exercise; run, dig ,etc.
Burn bad fat
The other advantage of exercise in diabetes care, it helps to reduce the bad fat. Diabetes causes problems through elevation of bad fat in your blood. It’s the fat that block or clog your blood vessels. So when you exercise the blood fat are reduced and your vessels will remain patterned.
Build /strengthen bones
The other aspect of exercise in diabetes it helps to build our bones when you have diabetes your bones are eaten away. They are porous they are soft, diabetes softens the bones but when you exercise you tend to deposit calcium which calcium will make your bones strong. When you do exercise it helps to fight kidney disease which kidney disease can be a complication of diabetes.
When you exercise you fight depression.
How exercise affects brain activity
A single, moderate workout may immediately change how our brains function and how well we recognise common names and similar information, according to a promising new study of exercise, memory and aging.
The study adds to growing evidence that exercise can have rapid effects on brain function and also that these effects could accumulate and lead to long-term improvements in how our brains operate and we remember.
Until recently, scientists thought that by adulthood, human brains were relatively fixed in their structure and function, especially compared to malleable tissues, like muscle, that continually grow and shrivel in direct response to how we live our lives.
But multiple, newer experiments have shown that adult brains, in fact, can be quite plastic, rewiring and reshaping themselves in various ways, depending on our lifestyles.
Exercise, for instance, is known to affect our brains.
Adapted from Daily Nation