Yes. It is true. Diabetes is everywhere.
26 million Americans have Type 2 Diabetes, like Hanks has, accounting for 90-95% of all diagnosed diabetes cases in adults.
And it looks like more are coming. 79 million Americans are pre-diabetic. Shockingly, of the 79 million Americans who are pre-diabetic, only 11% know it.
So what do we do about it?
- First, find out if you are at risk. It’s quick and easy to find out. Take a Risk Assessment Test online at www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/prevention/diabetes-risk-test/diabetes-risk-test-weightherisks.html
- Second, studies have shown that people with pre-diabetes who lose weight and increase their physical activity can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes and in some cases return their blood glucose levels to normal.
It’s not just about diet or weight loss. One major way that Hanks did not mention in his Letterman interview is EXERCISE. And more specifically, building lean MUSCLE.
Research has shown that for every 10% increase in skeletal muscle (the voluntary muscle that moves the limbs and other parts of the body), there is an 11% reduction in insulin resistance.* Skeletal muscle insulin resistance is the primary defect in Type 2 diabetics.**
The good news is we can affect change in lean muscle through resistance training. But, if you are at risk, the window of opportunity to prevent or slow the progression of pre-diabetes to Type 2 diabetes is 3-6 years. Take the time to find out if you are at risk, and get MOVING!
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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.