Most experts will agree that exercise is essential for healthy living, along with having the appropriate diet. But can exercise actually cure certain diseases? There is a resounding “YES” absolutely exercise can cure disease from the medical community.
There is specific evidence show in studies done on Diabetes (Type 2), Osteoporosis, Depression, and even risk reduction for certain types of Cancer. Let’s review how, what and why exercise can cure or prevent these diseases.
First, let’s discuss Type 2 Diabetes. The fact, is diabetes is primarily acquired by people who are overweight and sedentary. For a long time medical practitioners, have been telling their patients diet and moderate exercise for 30min at a time, several times a week is required to help keep the disease from getting worse or preventing the onset of diabetes. These recommendations are based on the fact that when you exercise, your muscles call for more glucose, which means less is left in the bloodstream. However, in a recent Scottish study that measured the impact of intense exercise on blood glucose turned the medical community on its head. The study found that 15min of intense exercise can lower blood glucose levels better than 30min of moderate exercise like walking. This combats the age old argument that you don’t have enough time to work out on a regular basis. Who doesn’t have 15min to exercise? Especially, if it means that you don’t have to prick your finger several times a day AND spend $100’s of dollars on prescription medications a month.
Next, let’s look at effect of exercise on curing and preventing Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is when the bones become brittle and weak. Osteoporosis affects both men and women, especially women beyond menopause because estrogen helps to protect bone. It has been found that by doing certain load bearing exercises like weightlifting and running help to keep bones strong by causing the muscles and tendons to pull on the bones, which in turn stimulates bone cells to produce more bone. Healthy bones and strong muscles also prevent falls and fracture which are common as we get older.
Now, let’s address the effects of exercise on Depression. I think the character Elle Woods, from Legally Blonde said it best, “exercise produces endorphins, endorphins make you happy and happy people don’t kill people”. Yes, this is overly simplified but it couldn’t be truer. Recent studies done with clinically depressed patient found that, in the 3 groups they studied, the group who exercised but did not receive Zoloft did better than either of the other two groups.
Finally, how does exercise influence Cancer. Although there is no cure for Cancer there are a significant number of studies that show 20-40% in the risk reduction of getting certain types of Cancer if you exercise. Studies have shown when people are physically active, exercising moderately 30min, 5days a week or intensive exercise 30min, 3 days a week they have seen a significant reduction in risk for the following Cancer types: Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Lung Cancer and Prostate Cancer.
These studies really support our philosophy here are The Ocala Gym CrossFit Pinnacle,
“Ultimately, The Ocala Gym believes that being physically fit is inspiring; it makes you feel good, it enriches your life, and adds both years to your life, and life to your years! “
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Posted on Fri, June 29, 2012