Aerobics and Resistance Exercise for Type 2 Diabetes
A new study just released in the upcoming Journal of the American Medical Association reports that combining both aerobic exercises with resistance training helps patients with Type 2 diabetes improve their glycemic levels.
The scientists from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La, compared 262 sedentary women and men who had Type 2 Diabetes and engaged in either aerobic training, resistance training or a combination of both and then measured the change in their hemoglobin A1c levels. (Forty-one of the participants were a control group and did no exercise.) The test-exercise program lasted nine months. The researchers concluded that the group that did both aerobic and resistance training exercises was clearly more successful in improving their glycemic levels.
Resistance training can include weight lifting even yoga since some balancing poses require resisting your own weight. For aerobic exercise brisk walking, jogging, and biking, even jumping rope will raise your heart rate and give you a good aerobic exercise. But before you consider a new exercise program, speak to your doctor. Most physicians recommend starting slowly and building up strength.
About the author: Robin Westen writes about health for national magazines.
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