Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Exercise, but don't take your vitamins?

On Monday, Dr. C. Ronald Kahn of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston co-authored a report in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In it he and his team state that the effect of vitamins on exercise and glucose metabolism “is really quite significant.” Kahn said “If people are trying to exercise, this is blocking the effects of insulin on the metabolic response.” This is a report that impacts those who are attempting to avoid type-2 diabetes through exercise and dietary control, but the metabolic action has rammifications for type-1 diabetics as well.

News like this can be confusing. One day antioxidants (like vitamin c and e) are good for you. The next day they're bad. What's important to learn here however is that we need to keep our minds and ears open as we take daily care of our loved ones' diabetes. And most importantly we should read the FULL story to get the full context -- and not settle for the sound bites that television media broadcast.

Here's the full story covered by The New York Times.

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