The Consequences Of Stopping Physical Activity

by Medindia Content Team on  January 24, 2005 at 2:57 PM General Health News
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The Consequences Of Stopping Physical Activity
A new study shows in as little as two days of physical inactivity, the body's efficient use of insulin may decrease, leading to diabetes and other related diseases.

Researchers conducted a study in rats and found insulin sensitivity decreased the longer the rats stayed inactive. When the rats stopped running for two days after a period of running for three weeks, the amount of sugar taken into the muscle in response to insulin was found to have decreased by about one-third.

Insulin works by taking glucose, or blood sugar, out of the blood stream and into the muscle to be used for energy. According to specialists the less efficient ones insulin, the greater the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and hypertension.

In conclusion researchers say that their study shows that, within a very short time frame of inactivity, the insulin does not work as well and might have negative effects.

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