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A 49-year-old member asked:

can you explain if it's true that it is difficult for diabetics to build muscles when blood sugar is high?

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Dr. Thomas Trojian
Sports Medicine 28 years experience
Weight lifting good: Strength training can be very helpful if sugars are a little high (200 before meals, you need to get your sugars under better control so exercise hormones do not raise your sugars. Check out http://www.Diabetes.Org/food-and-fitness/fitness/.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Could diabetics build their muscles when blood sugar is high?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Depends: Hi. Kind of a tricky question. If you're type 1 and don't have insulin on board, the muscle is in a catabolic (break-down) state, and you wouldn't build muscle. If you're type 1 with insulin on board, but just had a bunch of sugar so your BG's high, then yes, you could build muscle. Type 2 is more variable, but it still comes down to whether muscle is in a catabolic state or not in hyperglycemia.

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