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Exercise Helps Insulin Resistance Children

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A recent study out of Australia has demonstrated that children with insulin resistance respond positively to exercise and increase insulin sensitivity even if they don’t lose any fat.

Insulin resistance is a pre-diabetic condition where key receptors located in the cell membrane become less sensitive to insulin. This results in hyperglycemia, greater fat storage and a lot of metabolic damage to a child’s ability to properly use  food for energy.

The study demonstrated that children respond very well to exercise in terms of insulin sensitivity. Accordingly, for overweight children, exercise is an effective tool to improve metabolic function and thus your child’s ability to lose weight.

Rule of Thumb: For overweight children, exercise is vital to prevent metabolic damage from insulin resistance.

Exercise Alone Reduces Insulin Resistance in Obese Children Independently of Changes in Body Composition

Lana M. Bell, Katie Watts, Aris Siafarikas, Alisha Thompson, Nirubasini Ratnam, Max Bulsara, Judith Finn, Gerry O’Driscoll, Daniel J. Green, Timothy W. Jones and Elizabeth A. Davis