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Type 1 Teens Can Dodge Exercise Obstacles

Adolescents with type 1 diabetes have physical obstacles to exercise, a study found, but good blood glucose control can help young people overcome these hurdles. Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to observe the hearts of teenagers before and after vigorous exercise; the hearts of kids with diabetes pumped less efficiently than those without the disease. They also found that adolescents with type 1 tired more quickly while cycling than teens without diabetes. Participants with lower A1Cs (average blood glucose over the previous two to three months) had better heart function and exercise capacity than those with higher measurements, suggesting that this is one additional benefit to good control.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online July 6, 2012