Two Weeks Physical Inactivity Triggers Full Blown Diabetes In Seniors
Full blown diabetes can be triggered in seniors with just two weeks of inactivity. These are startling findings from a recent study. Diabetes is a serious disease in seniors and can lead to chronic illness, and even death.
As we get older, exercising becomes very important. Research shows that it can lead to good health, especially for seniors and help ward off illnesses.
But, what are the effects of physical inactivity on aging? Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle harms brain health and raises the risk of diabetes and dementia as you get older.
Full Blown Diabetes: Can Seniors Shun Exercise?
New research measured the metabolic effects of physical inactivity for seniors aged 65 to 90. Scientists at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada studied the effects of 2 weeks of inactivity on seniors with pre-diabetes.
Results showed that only days after the study started, the participants’ skeletal muscle mass and strength decreased significantly.
Most important, they also noted that people who had prediabetes quickly displayed signs of full-blown type 2 diabetes, such as insulin resistance.
Additionally, returning to a healthy exercise regimen for another 2 weeks was not enough to offset the harmful effects of inactivity.
Stuart Phillips, who is a professor of kinesiology at McMaster and the senior investigator of the study, also comments on the findings, saying, “Treatment of type 2 diabetes is expensive and often complicated.”
In order for older adults with prediabetes to recover metabolic health and prevent declines from inactivity, active rehabilitation, dietary changes, and medication can reverse the illness.
In the United States, over 84 million adults are currently living with prediabetes and another 23 million have this disease.