Researchers determine the best exercise for blood sugar control

Adding aerobic exercise and resistance training to a treatment plan may significantly improve blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to new research from Louisiana State University.

It has long been accepted that physical activity helps diabetics improve their condition. However, there was little evidence as to the type of exercises that would provide the greatest benefit. Researchers hope that their findings, which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, could help diabetics engage in the most productive use of their time.

For the study, researchers assigned 262 men and women with type 2 diabetes who led relatively sedentary lifestyles to begin either a resistance training regimen, an aerobic class or a combination of both.

Researchers found that individuals who participated in both activities had significantly improved HbA1c levels - which is a measure of blood sugar.

"The primary finding from this randomized, controlled exercise trial involving individuals with type 2 diabetes is that although both resistance and aerobic training provide benefits, only the combination of the 2 were associated with reductions in HbA1c levels," the researchers wrote in their report.
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