Diabetes: The Benefits of Exercise in the Control of Blood Sugar: Information, Research, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

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 Guide for the Newly Diagnosed Diabetes PatientThe 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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