This topic is pretty important to me. My dad, Ray, serviced and installed X-Ray Machines and was an EMT for forty years. We owned twenty acres as well, so we always had labor to do on the weekends. By all means, my dad was very active and ridiculously strong.
But he had Type 2 Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. Why is that?
Ray worked very hard but he would only eat two meals per day. These meals would be very, very large, and would be eaten very quickly. Most often, these meals were breakfast and dinner. One problem with eating this way is it causes a really heavy insulin response which creates continual elevated insulin levels in the blood and teaches the body to store body fat.
So even though he was active, Ray was eating in a way that caused his body to react heavily to elevated blood sugar, which over time developed Type 2 Diabetes. Ray eventually had to take insulin shots to regulate his blood sugar levels.
His activity level could not overcome the poor nutritional practice. Thankfully, when diagnosed, Ray did make nutritional changes which delayed his need to take insulin for some time. But this begs the question; if he had made changes earlier, could the diabetes have been prevented?
Ray had high blood pressure, too. He would work and remain active during the day, but at very low and steady levels. Very rarely did he elevate his heart rate to high levels. Science shows that concerted efforts at high heart rate can help regulate blood pressure. This then begs the question: if he had devoted four to six hours per week to elevating his heart rate to higher levels, could Ray have lowered his blood pressure?
Both Type 2 Diabetes and High Blood Pressure are directly linked to nutritional and exercise practice. This means they can be preventable through hard work. As I mentioned earlier, my dad did change his nutritional practice when he was diagnosed with diabetes. He lost about forty pounds, felt better than ever, and did not have to take insulin for a while.
He worked hard at this nutritional change. People with physical jobs are hard workers. Couple this work ethic with nutritional practice and a training regimen that supplements what you do not do in the workplace and we have a recipe for success.
CrossFit helps with this. Four to six days per week of one hour concerted efforts. It just takes attendance and effort. Show up and do the work. Same with nutrition. Spend four to six hours per week preparing food and meals will be ready for the working hours of the day. No need to eat in poor patterns and cause unnecessary trauma to the body.
Do you or someone you know need to make this type of change? Please share this to get this message out.