Sit Less, Stand Up, Move More, Avoid Sugar, Live Longer
Recent research reveals that 52% of Americans are now either pre-diabetic or diabetic.
A Key symptom of both is insulin and leptin resistance, a situation in which the human body can no longer read the signals from these important energy-regulating hormones.
According to Dr. Robert Lustig, when an organ becomes insulin resistant, it manifests as chronic metabolic disease.
For example: when you have insulin resistance of the liver, you end up with type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance of the brain results in Alzheimer’s disease; insulin resistance of the kidney leads to chronic renal disease, and so on.
Insulin resistance also increases your risk of obesity, although 33% of slim Americans also have pre-diabetes, so absence of obesity is no guarantee of health.
Rather, inactivity meaning being active less than 30 mins per week is the primary risk factor for insulin resistance.
One of the forerunners who helped impress the importance of non-exercise movement was Joan Vernikos,PhD, former director of NASA’s Life Sciences Division and author of “Sitting Kills, Moving Heals.”
In the video above, she presents a scientific explanation for why sitting has such a dramatic impact on your health, and the common-sense solution.
Dr. James Levine, co-director of the Obesity Initiative for Mayo Clinic and author of “Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It,” is another leading expert on this topic.
As noted by Dr. Levine, prolonged sitting is an independent risk factor for chronic disease and premature death — even if you exercise regularly and stay fit.
The reason for this is because sitting shuts down or blocks a number of insulin-mediated systems, including muscular and cellular systems that process blood sugar, triglycerides and cholesterol.
Standing up, bearing your own body weight on your legs, activates all of these systems at the molecular level.
Another important strategy that can prevent or even reverse insulin resistance and/or type 2 diabetes is nutritional ketosis. It can also have a dramatic impact on your weight, finally allowing you to shed unwanted pounds, as the body begins to burn fat as its primary fuel.
In short, by optimizing your metabolic and mitochondrial function, nutritional ketosis helps set you squarely on the path to better health.
The emerging evidence suggests a high-fat, low-net carb, low- to moderate-protein diet meaning a diet that keeps you in nutritional ketosis is ideal for most people.
Even endurance athletes are turning away from conventional high-carb strategies and adopting this way of eating because it boosts physical stamina and endurance. Beyond insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
Below are some applications for nutritional ketosis, as follows:
- As a treatment for seizures and neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
- Hormone regulation; polycystic ovary syndrome
- Nervous system disorders such as multiple sclerosis
Experts that I talk to and read say that type 2 diabetes is easily preventable, and nearly 100% reversible.
And that there are 4 Key lifestyle strategies to accomplish this are exercise, non-exercise movement throughout each day, a whole food-based ketogenic diet and “Peak Fasting“.
The intermittent fasting need not be a lifelong endeavor, and a ketogenic diet is really more of a lifestyle than a diet.
A processed food diet full of net carbs and few healthy fats will eventually make one obese and sick. So, make it a point to eat only Real Food.
As for physical movement, the research suggests standing and moving about as much as possible during the day may be even more important than having a regular exercise regimen.
For sure exercise will sure optimize one’s health and fitness in ways non-exercise movement cannot so, stand up, move around, exercise, and eat Real Food, always!
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively.