Exercise helps those with type 2 diabetes

July 24, 2006 at 12:55 PM

SYDNEY, July 24 (UPI) -- Exercise helps regulate blood glucose, increase sensitivity to insulin and decrease blood lipids in those with type 2 diabetes, an Australian review finds.

"Type 2 diabetes is an increasing problem in Western societies and is associated with increased rates of overweight and obesity," said review co-author Dr. Elizabeth Elliott of the University of Sydney and Children's Hospital at Westmead.

The researchers reviewed data from 14 randomized controlled trials, included a total of 377 participants. The average age range in studies was 45 to 65 years with slightly more men than women. All participants had type 2 diabetes, and the only difference between groups was that they were assigned to either no exercise or to a prescribed exercise regime.

The types of exercise programs in each study varied, but resistance training and aerobic workouts were the most common.

Blood-glucose levels dropped as did levels of blood triglycerides for those who exercised, according to the review in The Cochrane Library.

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