>> Friday, October 3, 2008
My last guest post is from Blake Hagen at Fight for Fitness. Blake's blog is a great one to read for health and fitness information and inspiration. Blake has a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness Management, so you know that his blog is filled with useful and reliable information!
Fruit, Veggies, and Exercise are Good!
There's more good news about eating more fruits/vegetables and exercising regularly: it will reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes. That is according to different studies published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine (read details of the studies here).
This shouldn't come as a shock to anyone. We know fruits and vegetables are good for us. We know regular exercise is good for us. How many studies need to be published before we will actually start getting more exercise and eating more fruits and vegetables?
Regular exercise can help fight obesity, which is a major risk factor for not only type 2 diabetes, but also heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of these chronic diseases and also help with weight control.
Do you see how most of these chronic diseases are related? For example, if someone is overweight or obese, they are at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure (among other things). With high blood pressure comes higher risks of heart disease and stroke. Obesity also creates a higher risk for type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. All of these diseases are related to one another in that having one can really increase risk for the others.
We can fight these chronic diseases by getting to or maintaining a healthy weight and eating a lot of fruits and vegetables. The research has been done and will continue to be done. New studies are published all the time describing the benefits of regular exercise and a healthy diet. We all know what regular exercise and fruits/vegetables can do for us, but until we start getting enough exercise and start eating healthier, our knowledge is wasted.
Read more at The Fight for Fitness