Louisiana State University System study indicates that people with diabetes should combine aerobics and weight training to achieve the highest outcomes for lowering blood sugar. This combination has also been shown very effective for weight loss.
Blood sugar charges the muscles, and greater amounts of sugar is burned up during aerobics. Weight training adds to building muscles and both weight training and aerobics alter muscle proteins in manners that elevate the process.
Dr. Tim Church, of Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana states that it is clear by that the combination of both activities is exceptional as compared to doing each one solely.
Patients in the study had obtained the outcomes in over nine months, exercising three days a week and each session being about 45 minutes long.
Dr. Laurie Goodyear, PhD, of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts, comments that people can handle this amount of exercise. There was no need for dieting, this was solely an exercise outcome. Dr. Goodyear, had no association to the study.
The researchers aim for the study was to put three exercise programs that health practitioners recommend to the test and types that patients could stay with. Researchers had compared, aerobics alone, weight training alone and a combination of both. The U.S. Guidelines advocates the combination of aerobics and weight training for adults.
All three groups had workouts for about the same amount of time. In a fourth group of patients, they were offered weekly stretching and relaxation classes each week for comparison value. The study had consisted of 245 persons with diabetes.
Guided by trainers, patients had walked on a treadmill which raised the uphill grade by two percent every two minutes for aerobics. Weight training was done on machines which worked the muscles in the upper body and legs. As participants increased their strength more weight was added.
Deidra Atkins-Ball, age 44, a biology professor, stated it had provided her with immense energy, which was one of the first things she had noticed. Ms. Atkins-Ball had been diagnosed with diabetes one year prior to her joining the program.
Researchers had discovered that only the group with the combined exercises had lowered their blood sugar and weight. All three groups did have decreased waist sizes.
Very few patients in the combination group started taking new diabetes medications than compared to the other groups. The medication decisions during the study was up to the patients individual health care practitioners for the course of the study.
The reduction of blood sugar in the combination group was significant enough for either a decrease of medications or decreased their average blood sugar, measured by common blood test, compared to 26% for weights only, 29% of aerobics and 22% among the no exercise group.
The reduction in blood sugar in the combination group was significant enough to also decrease the risks of heart attacks, strokes and other problems noted by researchers which was cited in earlier studies.
Ms. Atkins-Ball outcomes were good even though they were not long lasting. She had lost four pounds and had near normal blood sugar levels. When the program had ended, she did join a gym for a little while and keep exercising.
However, when she became busy she let her gym membership lapse after one year and blood sugar levels starting going up again. Currently, she is taking two medications for her diabetes instead of just one during the study.
Ms. Atkins-Ball is attempting to get back into an exercise routine by walking two miles in the morning joined by her husband. Her advices to other persons with diabetes is to get into a structured exercise program. Ms. Atkins-Ball states that the structured program had aided her the most.Sources:
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