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What is the Best Type of Exercise for Diabetes?

Posted By Bonnie Liebman On May 31, 2012 @ 5:00 am In Diabetes and Diet

If you have type 2 diabetes, you’re better off splitting your exercise time between aerobic activities (like brisk walking) and strength training than spending the same amount of time on either activity alone.

Researchers assigned roughly 260 middle-aged, sedentary, obese men and women with diabetes to one of four groups:

(a) walking on a treadmill for 140 minutes a week
(b) strength training (bench presses, leg presses, etc.) three days a week for a total of 140 minutes
(c) strength training twice a week for a total of 30 to 40 minutes plus 110 minutes a week on the treadmill
(d) no exercise program

After nine months, levels of hemoglobin A1c (a long-term measure of blood sugar levels) fell significantly only in the combined-exercise group. And waist size and weight shrank slightly more in the combined-exercise group than in the other groups.

What to do: Shoot for at least 20 minutes a day of walking or other aerobics and 15 to 20 minutes of strength training twice a week. Other studies suggest that a mix of exercise is best for everyone.

Article reposted from Nutrition Action: http://www.nutritionaction.com

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