Katie: Today we’re discussing who’s to blame for Body’s recent diabetes type two diagnosis. We’re talking with special guest, Muscle.
Muscle: Wassup, yo.
Katie: Your Body’s blood glucose level, that’s what’s up. Any comments?
Muscle: Yeah, Dude. I have plenty of glycogen. Tell ‘em to put me in the game!
Katie: Glycogen? What’s that?
Muscle: It’s this stuff that gives me energy. I store it until I need it. I’ve been dying to use it, man, but Brain’s been keeping me on the bench.
Katie: Did she say why?
Muscle: Straight up excuses. She’s busy, she’s tired, blah, blah, blah. I need to move, dude!
Katie: Will you exercising help Body lower her blood glucose level?
Muscle: Yo, man, I don’t know, I leave that brain stuff to Brain. All I know is that I store glycogen, when I move I use it, then I get more.
Katie: Where does glycogen come from? How do you get more?
Muscle: From the blood. It’s called glue…something. After I exercise, I suck in the glue thing, change it to glycogen, and save it so I’m always ready to move. I want to do squats so bad!
Katie: Wait, glue-something…do you mean glucose?
Muscle: Yeah, that sounds right. Can you ask Brain if I can do some squats?
Katie: Do you need insulin to suck in the glucose?
Muscle: The what?
Katie: The glue. Do you need insulin to take the glue-thing out of the blood?
Muscle: Nah, man, after I exercise I’m so hungry for it that I just take it. No insulin needed.
Katie: So if Body had exercised when she was insulin resistant, then you, Muscle, could have lowered her blood glucose level without insulin?
Muscle: If that’s what I said, then sure.
Katie: That’s amazing.
Muscle: Yes, I am. You should see me when I flex.
Katie: Muscle, my assistant just handed me some research. It says studies have shown that exercise can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. One study showed that even if Body overeats, exercise will help her regulate her blood glucose level.
Muscle: Cool. I work with Heart a lot. She says she feels better when I move too.
Katie: I was just discussing the blood glucose level’s affects on the cardiovascular system with the Kidney Twins! Exercise is extra important for diabetics because diabetes increases Heart’s risk of a heart attack. Look at this study: exercise plus moderate weight loss—as little as ten pounds—lowers Body’s risk of type two diabetes by 58%!
Katie: Let’s get Brain in here. We need to ask her about your squats.
Muscle: Cool, but before we talk to Brain, Bladder’s full again.
Katie: Then I suppose we’ll take a break. Stay with us: we’ll be right back.