Exercise with weights or walking a distinct benefit in diabetes

Exercise with weights or walking a distinct benefit in diabetes

Regular exercise clearly lowers the risk of death among diabetic patients, with weight training or walking proving to be very effective.  Researchers analysing a large prospective diabetes trial showed a lower risk of total mortality with those who exercised compared with those who were completely inactive.  Walking just two hours per week gave a 50% lower risk of heart disease.  Frank Hu, MD, PhD, of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and colleagues found that weight training for only 150 minutes per week had a 34% lower risk of developing diabetes. 

Diewertje Sluik, MSc, of the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam, and colleagues, conducted a prospective cohort study of 5,859 diabetes patients in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). 

Study by Sluik D, et al “Physical activity and mortality in individuals with diabetes mellitus” as published in the Archives of Internal Medicine Arch Intern Med 2012; DOI: 10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3130. 

Study by Grontved A, et al “A prospective study of weight training and risk of type II diabetes mellitus in men” as published in the Archives of Internal Medicine 2012; DOI: 10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3138.  

The Hu study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health.  As reported by MedPage Today and ABC News on August 6, 2012.

Posted: Tuesday 11 December 2012