Weight gain is a common side effect of diabetes. A new research by UT Southwestern Medical Center has revealed that diabetics who exercise can shed kilos from their waist, lose body fat and can even control blood glucose.
Dr. Jarett Berry said, "During the research we observed that exercise improves diabetes control regardless of improvement in exercise capacity."
During the study, the researchers typically measured fitness by the ability of the respiratory system to exchange carbon dioxide and oxygen. However, a sub-group of exercisers, considered non-responders, were unable to improve their cardio-respiratory fitness levels despite diligent exercise. The data analysis during the research found that waist circumference, percentage of body fat and hemoglobin A1c levels improved in diabetic participants who exercised compared to those who did not.
The study suggests that exercise-training programs for people with type 2 diabetes should measure improvements in glycemic control, waist circumference, and percentage of body fat.
The study is published in Diabetes Care.