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By moving a very small soleus muscle while sitting ,blood sugar decreases,says article published in iScience.

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University of Houston Texas paper published at the end of 2022 is sparking a wave of interest   Reducing the level of sugar and insulin in the blood for diabetics after eating by 52% (better than many diabetes medications) with a very simple movement and you do not need to make an effort or take any medications.   Only by moving a very small muscle located in the calf muscle behind the leg, called the soleus muscle.   By moving this muscle while you are sitting in your chair and watching TV, the blood sugar level decreases by a large percentage (by half), and this muscle does not suffer any fatigue, even if you continue to move it for long hours.   One of the advantages of this muscle is that it consumes the glucose present in the blood after eating for energy (Glucose) and not the glycogen stored in the muscles like the rest of the body's muscles.   Interesting research, and it could be an effective solution for diabetes without the need for drugs, strenuous exercise, and exhausting diets.

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sandybrown profile image

Thank you for this post.

StillConcerned profile image

What conflict of interests did they declare? It's appalling how organisations try to maintain the status quo that has led to so many getting diabetes over decades, then encouraging them to continue with a chronic decline in health.

The point is diabetes does not occur overnight, and will not go away (especially overnight) unless something significantly different is done. That means lowering insulin and glucose levels, primarily by changing staples of what one eats and when. Modern eating doesn't just require little changes; it is a mile away from what is ideal, that's why the incidence of chronic ill health continues to escalate.

I doubt very much that contracting the calves will have the impact claimed, and even if it makes some difference, is likely to result in muscle-cramps/overtraining and the need for recovery.

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StillConcerned in reply to StillConcerned

It actually says blood glucose and fats. Any activity that is sustainable for hours necessitates the presence of oxygen, facilitating the burning of fat. When fat is being burned, the ratio of blood glucose utilised will go right down.

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DRH-sangliStar in reply to StillConcerned

It is claimed that , Targeting a small oxidative muscle mass (∼1% body mass) with local contractile activity is a potent method for improving systemic metabolic regulation while prolonging the benefits of oxidative metabolism.I thinks, it may be first time, that such an effort has been tried. If by mere muscle contractions there is reduction in blood glucose and fats, it could be worth trying.

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Dear Mr Sangli,

I would like to know how long this calves muscles exercise has to be done? Has anyone tried & got the results ?

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one can aim to make a daily habit of making this exercise for 30 minutes in a day when ever you are comfortable and sitting in a chair doing some work..

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I was very excited to read and try this a few months ago when the news article came out. But I'm sorry to report I did NOT notice my blood glucose readings lowering after doing this exercise. And I wear a FreeStyle Libre CGM, so my glucose readings were consistent and frequent. This leads me to think there are other factors involved that the researchers did not consider or take into account, such as age, weight, current illnesses, etc.

If anyone else tries this and has good results I encourage you to post with your experience.

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