Type 1 Ultra

endurance sports in the weird and wonderful world of type 1 diabetes

“Metabolically active muscle” is healthier muscle.

Whether you’re feeling sorry for yourself over a new or longstanding diagnosis of type 1, or you’re working with MISINFORMED health professionals who think type 1 diabetes is a good reason to take it easy, it’s up to you to get active. It’s the only way that you will ever get on top of your condition, beating your blood sugars, the blues, and have any real prospect of long term health being your friend.

The only thing more annoying than hearing that type 1s have been told that they can’t do endurance sports by people who should know better is, of course, people who talk about type 1 as though it is almost exactly the same as type 2. It’s not! Just saw this interesting news report, though, of a new drug called SR9009 producing remarkable endurance responses in metabolically damaged mice.

The important takeaway message from this overview is

there is no guarantee the benefits of SR9009 seen in mice would occur in humans with metabolic syndrome, a precursor to type 2 diabetes marked by elevated levels of glucose, as well as cholesterol and blood fats known as triglycerides.

“But we do have indications that the effects of the drug are very similar to what you see with someone who has metabolic disorder who starts exercising,” Burris stated. “They see a decrease in cholesterol, a decrease in triglycerides, an improvement in glucose metabolism.  And a lot of this is due to transforming the muscle into a more metabolically active muscle.”

If somebody is telling you that you can’t do things, get a second opinion. Not doing things is a conscious choice with longer term consequences you probably want to avoid. That’s going to take effort and research and experimentation on your part. Do it! Nobody else will. Just like nobody else will lose their eyesight or nerve function while you sit around waiting for an easier way. The tools for living a real life with type 1 diabetes are here today. Use them.

Full, very scientifically technical report here in Nature:

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