A Strong Core & Your Insulin Response: What’s the Connection?

    Regular exercise and good core strength could have a positive effect on your insulin response while also lowering blood glucose and HbA1C levels. Wondering how it works? Here’s how. 

    How Exercise Can Help Insulin Response 

    Insulin has a key role to play for someone with diabetes and improving your body’s insulin sensitivity can go a long way in managing the condition. So why does building core strength through resistance or weight training help?  

    • When you build your lean muscle mass, your insulin sensitivity also sees an improvement because this particular type of muscle mass is more insulin sensitive. 
    • When you eat a meal, it is your muscle tissue that absorbs the bulk of the glucose. So, if you notice elevated blood sugar after eating something, strength training might help keep that problem in check. 
    • Research has shown that resistance training can help fight metabolic dysfunction in those with type 2 diabetes.  
    • In addition, it improves glucose tolerance and metabolic health. 

    Exercise helps improve insulin sensitivity and the contraction of muscles during a workout helps cells take up glucose as a source of energy. As a result, your blood sugar comes down in the short term. Keep up this active lifestyle and work that core with a range of workouts regularly and your HbA1C levels should be lowered too. 

    Strength Training You Can Try

    Here’s how you go about working that core: 

    • Aim at 150 minutes of exercise (moderate intensity) every week. 
    • Try and do strength training a few times each week since muscle strength is needed to maintain metabolic health. 
    • Lower body workouts that include the use of resistance bands if possible and could include hamstring curls, leg extensions, and squats. 
    • Upper body workouts that include push ups, sit ups, bicep curls, shoulder presses, rowing/chest fly with hand weights.  

    Remember to consult your doctor to get the green light on any new exercise regimen. Armed with the right safety tips for exercising with diabetes and a regular workout routine, you should soon be on your way to building that core!