So lengthening your health span is possible!! Now just how much are you willing to do, to lengthen it?
Here is Biomarker Number 6:
Your Body’s Blood Sugar Tolerance
Your body works to keep the amount of sugar in the blood at a certain level. With advancing age our bodies tend to lose the ability to use up the usage as well as when we are younger. By 70 years of age some 20 % of men and 30 % of women have concerns with the bodies ability to utilize sugar in the blood…
Interestingly enough it has been discovered via research that the reason for this is “age-related” decrease has more to do with higher body fat content and lower muscle mass than the mature adults pancreas giving out. Which is actually exciting, cause it means we can do something about that!! Yeah!!
No matter what we eat, the body is always trying to maintain blood glucose at relatively constant level. If the blood drops too low or goes too high the body works to maintain a proper amount of sugar in the blood.
As we age our body can become more insensitive to our insulin ( fat storage hormone) this insulin is what stimulates the muscle to use up the glucose when too much sugar is in the blood. If the muscle is minimized because you haven’t been regaining or maintaining the strength of your muscles– What do you think happens??
THERE IS NOT ENOUGH MUSCLE TO USE UP THE SUGAR (glucose)!!
Muscle is the primary site of the glucose use!! This glucose can be used immediately to release energy stored as reserve fuel (glycogen) or circulated back to the liver in molecules that can be converted to fat.
So if you are active and use your muscles the carbohydrates ( sugar) one eats can be used up for energy right away. The rest can be stored to tap into during heavy exertion.
These glycogen stores are dependent on the size of you muscles..
So if you have more muscle there is more storage for those ‘sugars’ (glycogen) and there will be less sugar in the blood to cause the insulin to be produced. Therefore more stable blood sugars!!
Isn’t that a good enough reason to make your muscles stronger?
It would be so nice not to have to worry about that blood sugar issue. I’m sure you know lots of elderly folk ( and likely not so elderly folks) who could use with less sugar in their blood!!
Do you work on increasing your strength through weight workouts? Not just walking or hiking or ‘leisurely’ activities. Although those will help to a certain degree. I’m talking lifting some weights. What’s your take on this idea?
Leave me a comment. I would love to know how you feel about the ‘weight’ lifting idea and whether or not you believe that walking is good enough.