Exercise Benefits Diabetes Even Without Fitness Gains
Exercise training can help you manage your type 2 diabetes, even when it doesn’t improve your overall fitness, a study found. Researchers randomly assigned 202 adults with type 2 diabetes to one of four groups: no exercise, aerobic training only, resistance training only, or combined resistance and aerobic exercise. After nine months, only about a third of the exercisers had significant improvement in heart and lung fitness—as measured by oxygen use—but all exercisers showed improvement in glucose control and reductions in body fat and waist circumference compared with the no-exercise group. Bottom line: If you have type 2 diabetes, it still pays to move—just be mindful of low blood glucose if you take insulin or sulfonylureas.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online June 17, 2015