When I talked about fasting benefits I mentioned how eating too much effects your brain. Your brain is not separate from your body. What you eat, how you feel, how you exercise will have an effect on your brain and a 20 year study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease reinforces this connection.
The research found that insulin resistance causes cognitive impairment. Being inactive and overweight causes cognitive decline. Insulin resistance can be prevented. It is when cells fail to respond to glucose in the bloodstream. Exercising, a healthy diet and maintaining your weight are the best ways to prevent insulin resistance. They are also the best ways to keep you physically and mentally healthy.
One single session of exercise can improve insulin sensitivity by 40%, but the benefits only last about 48 hours, which is better than drugs. Exercise improves the ability of skeletal muscles to use glucose and reduces insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance doubles the risk of breast cancer. Insulin resistance increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Even moderate amounts of physical activity reduce insulin resistance. Any type of exercise improves insulin resistance, cardiovascular or resistance training. Whether you do them separately or together, they will improve insulin sensitivity, even if you don’t see fitness improvements. When it comes to your health all activity counts. Get up and get moving. It doesn’t matter what it is. It only matters that you do it.
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