Statement recommends more exercise for those with type 2 diabetes

Obese individuals and those with type 2 diabetes should exercise at least 150 minutes per week, according to a new joint policy statement from the American Diabetes Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.

The statement lays out a list of guidelines that can help diabetics reach this exercise goal. It says that moderate aerobic activity and strength training are two of the most important aspects of fitness that diabetics should consider adding to their workout routine.

Furthermore, the statement calls out physicians who rarely prescribe physical activity to their patients. Officials said that the presence of diabetes is often used by both physicians and patients to avoid exercise. However, few things could be more important for both to focus on.

"Many physicians appear unwilling or cautious about prescribing exercise to individuals with type 2 diabetes for a variety of reasons, such as excessive body weight or the presence of health-related complications," said Sheri Colburg, who chaired the writing group. "However, the majority of people with type 2 diabetes can exercise safely, as long as certain precautions are taken."

The writers conclude that individuals with type 2 diabetes or obesity may have physical impediments to exercise. However, getting more physical activity could significantly improve their health. 
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