Aerobic Exercise Plus Resistance Training Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes

Posted on November 28, 2010  Comments (5)

Exercise Combo Best for Controlling Diabetes

A combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training may offer the biggest benefits for people with type 2 diabetes in helping them control their disease.

HbA1c is a test that measures blood sugar control for the previous few months. Normal HbA1c is 6% or less. People with diabetes are urged to keep their HbA1c below 7%.

In the study, researchers compared the effects of a nine-month aerobic exercise program, a resistance training program, and combination exercise program vs. not exercising in 262 previously sedentary men and women with type 2 diabetes. The results showed that improvements in HbA1c levels were greatest among those who were in the combination group.

Thirty-nine percent of non-exercisers had to increase these medications compared with 32% in the resistance training group, 22% in the aerobic exercise group, and 18% in the combination group.

Diabetes is a huge and growing problem. Exercise is a good strategy to remain healthy. It is best to exercise and avoid becoming sick. But if you do get diabetes then it is even more important to take care to exercise properly.

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5 Responses to “Aerobic Exercise Plus Resistance Training Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes”

  1. Davorin Piljic
    December 1st, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

    Throughout my engineering studies, I cycled daily to improve my focus and concentration in class and on assignments. I felt better after aerobic exercise.

  2. J. Quarta
    January 4th, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

    The benefits of exercise has been proven over and over. I question the promotion of medication first these days, before pursuing a lifestyle change to see how diet & exercise effects the disease.

  3. Anonymous
    February 10th, 2011 @ 1:31 am

    Yes, everyone wants to get away from the two most common sense approaches to fitness: Aerobics and Weight Training. The most important thing in life is to keep your body moving!

  4. Anonymous
    October 8th, 2011 @ 7:14 am

    wow, I didn’t know that exercise can help you to control diabetes, my dad is suffering from diabetes for years, I will definitely tell him to start doing some exercises to control diabetes.

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