A new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, points to structured exercise as one of the key factors in successfully managing diabetes. As part of the study researchers analyzed the data of more than 8,000 adults to determine the effects that structured exercise programs lasting at least twelve weeks had on diabetes sufferers.
Under the current guidelines for type 2 diabetes management many health care providers recommend 150 minutes of physical activities per week to type 2 diabetes patients. During the study researchers found that those who performed structured exercise for periods in excess of 150 minutes per week were able to lower their HbA1c levels even more though.
Researchers also found that advice about physical activity, along with nutritional counseling, was also effective for helping to improve glycemic control. This is good news for those who want to reap the benefits of a program but who might not have access to personal trainers or a fully stocked health club.
Though physical activity is a critical piece of the puzzle there are other factors that need to be addressed as well. Type 2 diabetes patients must adhere to health care provider advice in regards to physical activity, diet and prescribed medications in order to effectively manage their condition.