There are many benefits to strength training regularly, particularly as you grow older. It can be very powerful in reducing the signs and symptoms of numerous diseases and chronic conditions as we age. One main factor includes improving diabetes (improving glucose control). Adults with type II diabetes have to test their average blood sugar level over the course of two to three months. This is achieved by checking their A1C Levels, the amount of stored sugar in the blood over prolonged periods of time.
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) recommends that people with type 2 diabetes reach an A1C goal of 6.5% or less. Every 1% increase over 6% increases the patient’s risk of diabetes related complications such as nerve and kidney damage, along with heart attack and stroke.
Senior Fitness and Blood Sugar Control
As we age, our metabolism decreases 2 to 5% per decade after the age of 40. It is paramount to combat “father time” by adding resistance training to our exercise program. Resistance applied to our skeletal muscles increases our muscle cells’ ability to store sugar, rather than storing excess sugar in the bloodstream. This helps manage blood sugar and Type II diabetes. Has your Mom or Dad taken time off from working out? If so, it is never too late for them to start a resistance training program. Seniors can see an increased level of flexibility, strength and coordination to improve their quality of life.
It’s never too late!