Right on the heels of the alarming prediction that more than thirty percent of Americans will be suffering from diabetes by the year 2050, a bit of new treatment advice has come to light.
The American Diabetes Association and the American College of Sports Medicine have issued new guidelines for people suffering from type 2 diabetes. The new guidelines call for diabetes sufferers to get at least two and a half hours of moderate to intense aerobic activity through the course of a week and to not skip exercising on more than two days during a week.
The guidelines, which are published in this month’s issue of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, also advise diabetics to participate in strength training in addition to their aerobic activity. Regular strength and aerobic training can help patients lose weight, lower cholesterol and lipid profiles and improve insulin production which could all dramatically improve a diabetic’s quality of life.
Health care providers should be consulted prior to beginning any new exercise program to ensure that the routine is safe and suitable for the patient’s age and current fitness level. Health care providers will also be able to suggest the dietary changes and supplements or medications necessary to create the most complete and effective diabetes treatment plan possible.