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Our body does not work the same way throughout the day, but follows a roughly 24-hour cycle. This rhythm can be slightly different from person to person – but everyone has one. In addition, almost every cell in our body has an internal clock – the different cell types, such as liver, fat or blood cells, tick differently. This shows how all cells stay in sync Pharmacy magazine “Diabetes Counselor”.
A walk against rising blood sugar
Studies show that the cells of people with about Typ-2-Diabetes or severe obesity often have altered rhythms. “Then, of course, the question arises: what came first – the illness or the disturbed rhythm?”, asks Dr. Olga Ramich, head of the research group Molecular Nutritional Medicine at the German Institute for Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke.
People with type 2 diabetes should – in addition to their adapted medication – use a sensor to measure glucose, for example on their Smartphone. In this way, those affected can track how their blood sugar is developing. If the blood sugar rises more sharply, a Stroll. Because exercise lowers blood sugar again.
Avoid late meals
Many people notice during the course of the day how their energy dwindles, often around 6 or 7 p.m battery empty – that’s completely natural, writes the “Diabetes Ratgeber”: As soon as it gets dark, the body begins to release the sleep hormone melantonin. It basically switches to stand-by: blood pressure, respiratory rate and body temperature decrease – that too metabolism. The cells no longer react as sensitively to the hormone insulin.
Tipp: Do your body a favor by eating just a little more in the evening. Nutritionist Ramich and her team have in Laborexperimenten discovered that insulin can change the internal clock of fat cells. “The same probably happens if we still eat late at night”says the researcher and advises: “You have to pay attention to your inner rhythms.”
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