People with type 2 diabetes developed better blood sugar control if they combined aerobic exercise with lifting weights, according to a recent Canadian study. Researchers split participants into four groups:
- Aerobic exercise only
- Resistance training only
- Aerobic exercise and resistance training
- No assigned excercise
After 22 weeks, hemoglobin A1c levels improved for all three exercise groups but those who got aerobic exercise and also lifted weights had the biggest improvement. There was no improvement in the non-exercise group. An editorial published with the study in the Annals of Internal Medicine says "Doctors should prescribe exercise to all type 2 diabetes patients who are healthy enough to work out".
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