Diabetes: The Benefits of Exercise in the Control of Blood Sugar
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A Canadian Study on exercise and diabetes showed that resistance and aerobic work out were benefitial for diabetics. . They made sure the participants passed the stress test before going ahead with the study.
As part of this study, 251 inactive 39-70 year old adults with type 2 diabetes were divided into 4 groups:
- 1st Group: Did aerobic training for 45 minutes on treadmills and exercise bikes three times a week
- 2nd Group: Did resistance training for 45 minutes on weights three times a week.
- 3rd Group: Did 45 minutes of aerobics and 45 minutes of resistance training three times a week.
- 4th Group: Did not exercise at all.
After six months, the groups were evaluated and the results were as follow:
- 1st Group (Aerotic training only): Dropped their blood sugar levels by 51%.
- 2nd Group: (Resistance training only): Dropped their blood sugar levels by 38%
- 3rd Group: (Mixed exercise program): Dropped their blood sugar levels by 59%.
- 4th Group: No exercise at all - no changes at all
The benefits of exercise were found to be:
- Lower blood glucose levels
- Improved sensitivity to insulin
- Lower A1C levels
- Increased strength and flexibility
- Lower triglyceride levels
- Helped with weight loss by burning more calories
- Conditioned the cardiovascular system
- Improved mild to moderate high blood pressure
- Increased the good cholesterol
- Improved the well-being and quality of life
Please note: before commencing an exercise program, consult with your health practitioner.
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