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Keep Exercising to Improve and Maintain Heart Health

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Heart failure is an all-too-common complication of diabetes, even in middle-aged and younger adults. Exercise may offer protection. Researchers randomly divided 76 adults with type 2 diabetes into three groups. For 12 weeks, one group got routine diabetes care, one followed a low-calorie diet, and the third joined a supervised exercise group that walked or biked for up to 50 minutes three times a week. The diet group slimmed down significantly and improved both their blood pressure and blood glucose levels. The exercise group lost barely any weight; however, their hearts’ ability to pump blood increased. The other groups saw no such improvement. For your heart’s benefit, get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise—such as walking, biking, or swimming—each week.
Source: Diabetes Care, March 27, 2020

 

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