admin - August 28, 2014
Not all fats are equal.
Adults who retain a high amount of brown fat are able to control blood sugar and burn off fat stores more effectively. Brown fat is also linked to weight control and can be important for managing diabetes
Everyone is born with a large amount of brown fat, and is useful in newborns since as it works it produces heat to regulate body temperature. As we age and regulate our body temperature on our own, brown fat is gradually lost.
In a recent study, researchers measured the amount of brown fat, and how well they metabolized glucose and their sensitivity to insulin. Men who had higher amounts of brown fat increased their metabolic rate by 15%, burning more calories and breaking down more blood sugar.
While there is no known way to control levels of brown fat, there are other steps you can take to prevent diabetes.
Start by adding Physical Activity to your Daily Routine
There are a ton of benefits to regular physical activity. Exercise can help you lose weight, lower your blood sugar and boost your sensitivity to insulin, which helps keep your blood sugar within a normal range. Both aerobic exercise and resistance training can help control diabetes, but the best workout plan should include both.
Make sure your Diet includes Plenty of Fiber
Fiber can help you reduce your diabetes risk by working to improve your blood sugar control, promote weight loss by helping you feel full, and lowers your risk for heart disease. Foods that are high in fiber include fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
Opt in for Whole Grains
Whole grains can reduce your risk of diabetes and help you to maintain blood sugar levels.
In addition to these tips, make sure you monitor other risk factors for diabetes including high cholesterol and blood pressure. For more information about type 2 diabetes risk factors and warning signs, or to schedule a preventive health screening, visit our diabetes screening page today.
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