Type 1 Diabetes Could Be Causing Your Muscle Weakness

The facts are clear. According to The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the diabetes epidemic sweeping the U.S. is hitting the African American community particularly hard. National health surveys over the past 35 years show that the number of African American’s that have been diagnosed with diabetes is drastically increasing. In fact, it has been reported, 4.9 million (an increase from 3.7 million in 2007), or 18.7% of all African Americans, aged 20 years or older, have diabetes.

Poor muscle health may be a complication of type 1 diabetes, even in young people who get plenty of exercise.
That’s the finding of Canadian researchers who analyzed muscle samples from young adults with and without type 1 diabetes who did more than the weekly amount of exercise recommended by Diabetes Canada.

In the young adults with diabetes, the muscle biopsies revealed structural and functional changes in the “power plants” (mitochondria) of cells. The mitochondria produced lower-than-normal amounts of energy and released high amounts of toxins that cause cell damage.

These changes could lead to slower metabolism, greater difficulty controlling blood sugar and a faster onset of disability, according to the authors of the study.

The authors said their findings show that poor muscle health should be added to the