Aerobic exercise with weight training helps prevent type 2 diabetes

[Healio, 12/31/18]  Japanese women who engaged in aerobic exercise with weight resistance training developed type 2 diabetes less often than those who exercised less frequently, according to findings from a retrospective cohort study published in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation.

“The onset of type 2 diabetes is not only related to genetic factors, but also to environmental factors, especially lifestyle, and proper diet and physical activity are critical to delay and/or prevent its onset,” Susumu S. Sawada, PhD, professor in the school of sport sciences at Waseda University in Japan, and colleagues wrote. “Hence, it is important, in the consideration of effective measures, to identify the necessary components of diet and physical activity for the prevention of type 2 diabetes.”

Sawada and colleagues examined data from the Curves Japan Study on 10,680 women (mean age, 57.8 years; mean BMI, 23.2 kg/m2) who were enrolled as members in Curves fitness training facilities in Japan from July 2005 to July 2010. The women took part in 30-minute combined aerobic and resistance training programs, which consisted of 24 minutes of combined exercise and 6 minutes of stretching. After a median follow-up period of 5 years, participants completed questionnaires about their medical history currently and at enrollment and to report whether and when they were diagnosed with diabetes.

At follow-up, 166 participants had received a type 2 diabetes diagnosis……………

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