Im not here to comment on your nightime dose of insulin, but to give you some feedback on your original question. Insulin cue's the bodys fat storage mechanism. Increased insulin levels cause fat to be deposited more prevalently in your belly, rather than other areas of the body. So, if you are a a regular insulin user, it is more than possible that you are struggling with belly fat.
One of the most obvious ways to combat fat and the ravages of stress is with exercise. Exercise represents a triple threat to body fat. First, exercise burns calories and utilizes stored body fat as fuel. Second, working out increases the amount of lean muscle mass your body must provide with fuel on a 24 hour a day basis. More muscle means less fat.
Researchers from Yale University have now clearly demonstrated a third mechanism by which exercise reduces stores of body fat, especially around the belly. They've demonstrated that moderate to vigorous exercise, such as lifting weights, can offset the negative effects of cortisol and insulin. With as little as ten minutes of strenuous exercise the brain begins to produce beta- endorphins that calm you down and decrease levels of the stress hormone. Many feel that strenuous exercise actually mimics a typical caveman-like physical reaction to a threat, and is the modern-day version of an appropriate reaction to the flight or fight response.
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We have to make a subtle distinction between Two types of fat that lie under our bellies.One is the one you see"the subcutaneous fat"or the fat under your skin.The second and far more sinister is the"visceral fat".
Controlling visceral fat is important, because increased levels have been associated with insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease and other metabolic syndromes. Visceral fat is located around the organs inside the belly and is deeper in the body than the subcutaneous fat.Visceral fat is strongly correlated with waist circumference.In a trial which was funded a $4.3 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute in 1998 to investigate the effects of exercise on sedentary overweight adults at risk for developing heart disease and/or diabetes. The results of that five-year trial, dubbed STRRIDE (Studies of Targeted Risk Reduction Interventions through Defined Exercise), are now being published and presented. THE important message for all of us that EXERCISE MODERATE OR SEVERE,WHETHER IT LEADS TO WEIGHT LOSS OR NOT IN THE SHORT RUN, BENEFITS THE HEART AND REDUCES BLOOD FATS SIGNIFICANTLY.
A new study reported in April,2006:
"We're trying to find out which factors are most associated with disease," says Dr. Ross, noting that earlier studies have shown weight is not the most important indicator. "It's possible to exercise and decrease your risk even though weight may stay the same."
When looking at Diet weight loss versus exercise weight loss, those who exercise tend to lose more visceral fat and maintain muscle fat better than those using strictly a diet approach, he points out. "This reinforces the importance of maintaining regular physical activity."
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