Exercise Is Not Helpful for All Type 2 Diabetes Patients

New research indicates that not all type 2 diabetes patients benefit from exercise. Exercise is typically recommended to patients that are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, roughly one in five patients do not benefit from the recommendations that are given on exercise according to researchers.


The findings were the result of a review done by Lauren M. Sparks of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in Orlando. The lead author of the study says that she does not believe that the issue is solely due to lifestyle but could actually be caused by genetics. She believes that more research programs should investigate the mechanism that will isolate which individuals will benefit and which will not.


The goal is to help those individuals that are not benefiting from exercise to get the diabetes management that they need. In addition, the types of exercises can be changed so that the exercises that are most effective for certain patients will be recommended first.


Type 2 diabetes typically arises during adulthood. The body’s cells become resistant to insulin which results in high blood sugar levels in the patient. In some cases, patients’ bodies may instead not make enough insulin. Both of these scenarios result in glucose staying in the bloodstream, resulting in dangerously high levels that could lead to hospitalization and other serious complications.


Regular exercise can help with the management of the disease by controlling weight. In addition, diabetes patients are often advised to follow special diets and take medications to help better manage the disease.


The results of the review indicated that there were roughly 15 percent of individuals that did not benefit from doing supervised exercise. These individuals were still having problems with managing their glucose levels. The supervised nature of the exercise proves that there were not variations as to the level of effort being made to complete the exercises.


In this study, patients were also not asked to change their diets. The patients were also told to continue to take their medications as normal. The research calls for more to be done to determine why exercise is just not effective for diabetes management in a certain subset of patients.

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