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Inside each muscle cell, tiny agents called glucose transporters migrate to the cell wall to allow in glucose. During and after exercise, these transporters are highly active pulling glucose out of the blood stream at a remarkable rate. Whenever the large muscles in the body, such as the thigh or buttock muscles, are being used, these transporters are actively helping to clear excess glucose out of the blood stream.
The human body is designed to be active, to the tune of walking five miles each day. When our lifestyles have us sitting most of the day (computing, commuting, and watching TV), the glucose transporters get sluggish and lazy. Finding a way to add activity into daily life is an essential part of controlling diabetes. It is recommended to walk 30 minutes most days of the week for general health. To get started three sessions of 10 minutes walks is fine. The transporters respond to any and all activity.Treatments include:
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