Resistance Training & Type 2 Diabetes
About 1 in 10 Americans have Diabetes. 90-95% of those cases have Type 2 Diabetes. Insulin is a hormone used by our body to regulate our blood sugar levels. In Type 2 Diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. When this occurs, blood sugar (glucose) builds up in the blood and can cause heart, kidney, nerve (neuropathy) and vision issues. The best ways to combat Type 2 Diabetes are through lifestyle modifications (diet, exercise, weight loss) and if necessary, medication.
The study (link at bottom) looks at the effects of resistance training and aerobic training (60 mins/ day, 3 days/ week for 2 years) on individuals with pre diabetes. The RESULTS: those who performed both resistance and aerobic training saw a 74% decrease in blood glucose levels (HbA1C).
With summer in full swing, make your exercises fun! Hiking, biking, walking, and trail running are all fun ways to get in your aerobic exercise.