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article imageNew study shows how exercise helps diabetes patients

By Tim Sandle     Jul 4, 2013 in Health
Scientists have undertaken a study which shows the specific ways in which sufferers of type 2 diabetes can benefit from regular exercise to help their condition.
A team of researchers from the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands have carried out an assessment of the effects of exercise on organ-specific fat accumulation and cardiac function in type 2 diabetes patients. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin.
According to the research note the study was conducted in such a way that it was independent of any other lifestyle or dietary changes.
For the research, twelve patients, of an average age of 46 years, underwent MRI examinations before and after six months of moderate-intensity exercise totaling between three and six hours per week. The sessions featured two endurance and two resistance training sessions.
The research findings indicated that although cardiac functions were unaffected, moderate-intensity exercise helped to reduce the levels of fat stored around the heart, in the liver and in the abdomen of patients, even when their dietary composition remained unchanged.
The implications are that this level of exercise can help reduce the cardiovascular risk experienced by those in this patient group, many of whom are overweight or obese.
Study author Dr Hildo Lamb, from the department of radiology at Leiden University Medical Center, is quoted as saying that: "In the future, we hope to be able to use advanced imaging techniques to predict in individual patients which therapeutic strategy is most effective: diet, medication, exercise, surgery or certain combinations."
In contrast to exercise helping with type 2 diabetes, the Digital Journal reported recently that sleep is also beneficial. The study showed that insulin sensitivity, which relates to the body's ability to clear glucose from the bloodstream, significantly improved after three nights of catch-up sleep at the weekend.
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