Study: The Best Exercise for Diabetes
It’s no secret that exercise is key to controlling type 2 diabetes — and many doctors already urge their diabetic patients to get active. But it’s a vague directive: How much exercise is enough? How often? And what kind? The simple answer is that any is better than none — in sum, that’s what a new study published in the Sept. 18 issue of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found. But it also found that not all exercise is created equal and that the combination of aerobic exercise and weight training is significantly better for controlling blood sugar than either alone.
The elegantly designed study, led by researchers at the University of Calgary and the University of Ottawa, involved 251 patients aged 39 to 70, with type 2 diabetes. The patients, none of whom were regular exercisers, were randomized to one of four groups: aerobic exercis