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Not Exercising For Just A Few Days Can Increase Your Risk Of Obesity, Heart Disease, And Diabetes.

By Dr. Michael Pritsker, DC

San Diego spinal decompression doctor and chiropractor reveals studies that have shown just two days of physical inactivity can have very detrimental effects on your body and health. According to the study performed at the University of Missouri, just two days of not exercising is enough to affect your body’s efficient use of insulin. This inactivity can lead to diabetes and other related diseases.

The rats were allowed to run on a wheel for three weeks. After that time, the rats were stopped. Just two days after the rats stopped running, the amount of sugar taken into their muscles in response to insulin decreased by about one-third. The findings were discussed.

David Kump is a researcher. He said that insulin works by taking glucose, or blood sugar, out of the blood stream and into the muscle to be used for energy. The less efficient your insulin is the greater risk you have of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and hypertension that you may get. Kump also added to his findings that everyone is looking at the benefits of exercise, but we are looking at the consequences of stopping that exercise. People already know that exercise is good for them. But do they know how bad it is for them to stop? This research study shows that, within a very short time frame of inactivity, the insulin does not work as well and might have negative effects on the body.

I love this study for several reasons. One, it has been obvious for a long time, exercise is good for you. I don’t think you really need a study to tell you that. Sometimes looking at something with a little common sense and reasoning goes a long way. Like, did we really need to research to know cigarettes were bad for us? Yeah, big tobacco companies lied, but did you really believe inhaling a burning weed for 30 years wasn’t going to do something bad to you?

Anyway, it’s sometimes nice to have hard-core black-and-white proof in a research study. Especially when the results are so dramatic and can be so life changing for many. What I also like about this study is that it shows the consequences of not exercising and how bad that can be. There is no doubt in my mind that exercising makes you healthier and live longer. It is very beneficial. Most if not all would agree with that. I also have no doubt that if you do not exercise, it can cause diseases such as diabetes and heart disease and possibly shorten your life span.

Many people think that to get rid of back pain, you can just go exercise it away. This just isn’t true and is just nonsense. If you have a bulging disc or herniated disc in your spine, exercise can and many times can injure it more. Once you get the disc corrected with spinal decompression, then you can go exercise the area. But this does not work the other way around and may make it worse.

I have had countless patients finally get out of pain, start an exercise program and feel years younger. Some lose 10, 20, even 30 pounds because they can finally exercise without pain or further injuring themselves. And with this new study, it’s obvious these patients are not only looking and feeling better – they are healthier and adding countless years to their lives. It’s also obvious, if you are not exercising regularly, those years are being stolen from you as you are reading this.

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