Creatine Supplementation

Athlete lifting weightsI have decided to add a 45 day cycle to my workout of Creatine. I did this once before when lifting heavy and remember that it did wonderful things for my blood glucose. This is an exert from the article I read from BodyBuilding.com that I read thanks to  Hmillerfit.

Creatine Improves Glucose Metabolism

Type-2 diabetes is a chronic disease affecting more than 27 million Americans. For decades now, physical activity—along with diet and medication—have been considered the major cornerstones for fighting type 2 diabetes. And while exercise alone has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, creatine can enhance the effects of exercise and help type 2 diabetics control their blood glucose levels even better!

Research published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise found a significant improvement in glycemic control when participants with type 2 diabetes combined creatine supplementation with an exercise program9 These findings suggest the supplement could emerge as a valuable addition to diabetes treatment.

On top of that, creatine supplementation has been shown to increase glycogen synthesis and glucose tolerance, particularly when combined with exercise training in healthy individuals.10 Together, these findings provide rationale for the use of creatine in a therapeutic role in diabetic patients.

How exactly does the same supplement that helps to boost strength and muscle mass also improve glucose metabolism? Creatine has been shown to increase the concentration of GLUT-4, a protein that transports glucose into and out of your muscle cells. Higher concentrations of GLUT-4 mean improved insulin action and glucose disposal, as well as enhanced glycogen storage following exercise.

Incidentally, an increase in GLUT-4 expression also helps you maintain muscle mass and strength during immobilization. Yes, supplementing with creatine while you’re injured can even help keep you from losing all your hard-earned gains!11,12

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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One Response to Creatine Supplementation

  1. hsampson says:

    Wow! thanks for sharing Billy!

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