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The Diabetes Debate: Belly Fat Faceoff (part 5)

Brain: Hey, you, Belly Fat! We’ve got a bone to pick with you.

Belly Fat: You talking to me?

Kidney 1: You’re to blame for our diabetes.

Pancreas: I told you it’s not my fault.

Belly Fat: You gals are, like, rude.

diabetes debate 13Brain: Belly, what is this stuff?

Belly Fat: What, you don’t like tripping on acid?

Katie: Tripping over acid is more like it. Are these fatty acids? They’re all over the place.

Belly Fat: Whatever. Cleaning is lame.

Kidney 1: They’re messing with the insulin, Belly. Stop making them!

Brain: Belly, Liver’s cells are stuffed to the gills with those fatty acids.

Kidney 1: Blood’s full of them too.

Brain: She’s inflamed and we need her to regulate all kinds of stuff.

Belly Fat: This is, like, totally unfair. I didn’t do anything to Liver.

Brain: You’ve got her completely surrounded! Insulin can barely get through and when it does, Liver can’t respond normally because you’re smothering her in a chronic squishy fatty hug!

diabetes debate 14Kidney 1: We need Liver to help suck up the extra glucose from the blood. Let her go.

Belly Fat: Like, whatever. You’re a nerd and you’re a gross pee factory. Don’t even talk to me.

Katie: Belly, they have a point, actually. Studies show that if you’re overweight or obese, you’re 90 time more likely to develop type two diabetes.

Belly Fat: There’s fat all over this Body. Why pick on me?

Katie: You’re the only fat blocking access to the organs. If you were on the thighs or jiggling under the biceps, it’d be better.

Belly Fat: What a bunch of losers! I’m not changing for anybody.

Brain: I order you to leave!

Belly Fat: Not going to happen!

Brain: I’m going to order more vegetables, I’m going to go to bed early—

diabetes debate 15Katie: Actually, Muscle is the only one who can help. Diet can help you lose weight, but exercise is the only thing that removes visceral fat like Belly, here.

Brain: Muscle, you’re going to get your thirty minutes a day. Maybe more. I want this Belly out of here!

Muscle: Nice! I’m stoked, dude.

Belly Fat: Whatever, nerd.

Katie: Bladder’s full again, so we’ll be right back. Stay tuned for our final interview with the one, the only, the soon to be empty, Bladder.

Part 6

The Diabetes Debate: Muscle Mania (part 3)

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?

diabetes-debate-9.jpgMuscle: 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.

diabetes-debate-10_0001.jpgKatie: 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%!

Muscle: Sweet.

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.

Part 4