Supervised Exercise Better for Lowering Blood Sugar

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 08:59 AM

People with Type-2 diabetes who engage in structured, supervised exercise programs have greater success lowering their blood sugar levels than people simply given advice to get more physical activity, a review of studies has found.

The research, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also found that longer periods of exercise were more effective in lowering blood sugar levels than more intensive exercise, according to a HealthDay story.

"People with Type-2 diabetes should engage in regular exercise training, preferentially supervised exercise training," said the study's senior author, Dr. Beatriz Schaan, a medical school professor at the Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre in Brazil. "If these patients can perform training for more than 150 minutes per week, this would be more beneficial concerning their glucose control. However, if they cannot reach this amount of weekly exercise, lower exercise amounts are also beneficial."

Participants in the structured training programs reduced their blood sugar levels by 0.67 percent more than control participants. Structured exercise programs that lasted more than 150 minutes per week resulted in an average drop of 0.89 percent over control participants.

In comparison, physical activity advice programs resulted in an average blood sugar level reduction of 0.43 percent compared to the control participants. When combined with dietary advice, physical activity advice programs lowered blood sugars levels in participants by 0.58 percent over the controls.

"Exercise improves insulin sensitivity; it makes insulin work better," said Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the clinical diabetes center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

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