Participating in a regular exercise program of any kind can yield benefits for type 2 diabetes patients, but new research shows the best benefit may come by splitting gym time between cardio and resistance training.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, followed more than 250 previously sedentary diabetes patients for a period of nine months. The subjects were broken into groups who performed a combination of resistance and cardio training, those that did just cardio or just resistance training and those that performed no exercise at all.
After the nine month period was up an HbA1c test was conducted on each patient. This test is used to measure the control of blood sugar for a period covering a few months. The subjects that had participated in the combination training program showed a significant change in HbA1c levels, which leads researchers to believe that this is the best approach to training for managing Type 2 diabetes.
If you are new to exercise, your doctor or health care provider can offer suggestions for the safest and most effective program for your current fitness level. If you have been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, changes to your diet may also be beneficial in helping you manage the disease. Consult your health care provider about foods and nutritional supplements that could help make a difference along with your new exercise program to fight the effects of type 2 diabetes.