The chin is one of the most important muscles in your body and can be an important tool for improving your health.
But chin exercises should never, ever be done in a sitting position, a study shows.
“There is no evidence that chin exercises have any beneficial effect in improving your overall health,” said Dr. Michael K. Williams, director of the Department of Neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Williams and his team looked at chin exercises performed on people with type 2 diabetes and found that those who performed chin exercises showed no significant improvement in blood glucose, insulin or blood pressure levels.
The findings could have important implications for people with diabetes who are trying to lose weight and prevent weight gain.
“People with type 1 diabetes can’t do chin exercises without having a heart attack,” Williams said.
“If you’re trying to maintain weight, or if you’re losing weight, it’s important that you have an exercise program that’s designed for this type of activity.”
The researchers studied six people with Type 2 diabetes, six people without Type 2 and five people with moderate to severe type 2.
People with Type 1 diabetes have problems with the valves that supply blood to the body.
“The valves are under the skin of the jaw that control how much blood you can get from your heart, and it’s a very sensitive area,” Williams told ABC News.
“So, if you have a valve problem, you can potentially have a stroke.”
The team took blood samples from each participant and then compared them with people who had Type 1 or Type 2.
“It turned out that the people with the higher number of blood vessel abnormalities, the people who were at risk of stroke, had significantly better outcomes,” Williams added.
“We don’t know what causes these complications, but we can say that the risk of having a stroke is much higher for people who have high blood vessel pathology.”
The study was published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Other studies have found that chin exercise improves the quality of life of people with certain types of diabetes, such as those with hypertension and those with metabolic syndrome.
“Cocktail chin exercises are a great way to get your body moving,” Williams explained.
“You can do them for 20 minutes a day, for four to six weeks.
You can do it with your family and friends and your friends can do the same.”
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Williams is a member of the Heart and Diabetes Institute and the Institute for Diabetes and Heart Disease, and the study was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
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