Saturday, January 7, 2012

Exercise is Good Medicine for Diabetes

There is no doubt that exercise is good medicine for everyone but exercise is especially beneficial if you are at risk for diabetes or have Type 2 Diabetes.

A recent report described a study in which 73 adults with Type 2 Diabetes were randomly assigned to exercise or just counseling and followed over 12 months.
All these people with Type 2 Diabetes were using insulin for control of their blood glucose. 

The exercise group did both resistive and aerobic exercise. Resistive exercise strengthens muscles. The workouts were only twice a week although they lasted 75 minutes and were supervised.

Well what did the researchers find?

Exercise helped almost everything that was measured: blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, waist circumference and Hemoglobin A1c (abbreviated HgbA1c) and more.
Clearly, exercise is good medicine for diabetes. 

In fact the exercising group had an HgbA1c that was 0.74% lower compared to the other group. And the exercising group needed less insulin.

As endocrinologists and experts on diabetes, these findings do not surprise us.
Our team sees these benefits in all of our patients who start to exercise.

Even if the exercise is walking 3-4 times a week, benefits are seen. As people move more they need less medication to control their blood glucose. Exercise makes insulin work better. That includes insulin that you make and any insulin that you take.
And exercise helps keep off weight that you’ve lost.

The Diabetes Prevention Program showed a 58% reduction in the development of diabetes in those who were at high risk to get diabetes. Those adults walked 30 minutes five times a week and lost on average 12 pounds.

Now the term pre-diabetes is used to describe people who are at high risk of getting diabetes. And the Diabetes Prevention Program proved that the best treatment for pre-diabetes is exercise and a little bit of weight loss.

Exercise is good medicine. Exercise is medicine

Work with your doctors to develop a sensible exercise program. Don't forget to keep those muscles toned. And start moving today!


  1. I know for a fact that exercise really does help diabetes. I'm a walking example of it. I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes some time late 2009 and the doctors told me that I had 1 year to set myself straight before I had to have insulin jabs everyday. This scared me enough to put me into action.

    I've personally lost 180lbs since Dec 2009. My blood pressure was 160/110, now its 120/80. My cholesterol was 256 mg/dL, now its 176mg/dL. I'm no longer Pre-Diabetic and I'm in the best shape of my life. It wasn't easy but I can say that everyone can do it if they have the right program.

    If you're interested in my story please head over to


    Ryan E. Parker

  2. Ryan: Congratulations on your extraordinary weight loss. Exercise appears to be key to keeping weight off. Although I do not agree with much of what you stated on your home page I appreciate your thoughts.
    I back up all my statements, as much as possible, with the most rigorous science from randomized controlled clinical trials. There are many claims for weight loss products and approaches that are not supported by sound data.