What We Can Do to Help Lower Our Risk of Diabetes

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Research Commentary;

Exercise Helps Lower

Risk of Diabetes 

A review of

Grøntved, Anders, et al. “Muscle-strengthening and conditioning activities and risk of type 2 diabetes: a prospective study in two cohorts of US women.” PLoS medicine 11.1 (2014): e1001587.

By Dr. Bryan Stephens

Lower Risk of Diabetes

Summarized Review Conclusions

Aerobic exercise helps decrease our chances of type 2 diabetes.  Walking, running, rowing, swimming, cycling, etc. get our heart pumping and our blood flowing.  It’s why one of my first goals as a doctor is to get my patients walking.  It has so many benefits besides just keeping the weight down.  Grontved et al took it a step further and looked at the effect of adding resistance/weight training exercises to the regimen and the effect it had on diabetes rates.  They found a substantial decrease in risk of type 2 diabetes in middle-aged and older women.

“both resistance exercise and lower intensity muscular conditioning exercise were inversely associated with T2D.”

Grøntved, Anders, et al. “Muscle-strengthening and conditioning activities and risk of type 2 diabetes: a prospective study in two cohorts of US women.” PLoS medicine 11.1 (2014): e1001587.

“In this prospective study of nearly 100,000 women… regular participation in muscle-strengthening and conditioning activities, such as resistance exercise and lower intensity muscular conditioning exercise, was associated with a reduced risk of T2D”

Grøntved, Anders, et al. “Muscle-strengthening and conditioning activities and risk of type 2 diabetes: a prospective study in two cohorts of US women.” PLoS medicine 11.1 (2014): e1001587.

 

Introduction to the Research

As I mentioned above, it has become very apparent that aerobic exercise helps lower our risk of type 2 diabetes, but it was unknown if strength and resistance training also helped and to what extent.

 

Research Methodology

The authors followed up with participants in the Nurse’s Health Study and the Nurse’s Health Study II.  These are ongoing prospective studies of female nurses.  They compiled data of incidences of type 2 diabetes and sent out questionnaires of the extent of physical activity and what kind of exercise the participants were performing.

 

Research Findings

The responses showed a linear dose-response relationship.  This means that those women that were exercising, had a much greater decrease in type 2 diabetes.  This was true not only of the aerobic exercise, but of the resistance exercise as well.

 

Research References

As always with these reviews, these are my takeaways from the article and I encourage you to read the article in its entirety.  The references used in this article by the authors of this article are listed below.

 

Our Message

When you are looking for a Chiropractor near you that you can trust, choose one who will not only get rid of your back pain, neck pain, or headaches but who will also guide you to living a healthier lifestyle to keep you out of pain. Our Chiropractors located in McKinney, near the corner of Eldorado Pkwy. and Ridge Rd., will teach you what the research says about how and why we should eat a better diet, move more and have more positive thoughts. By improving these areas of our lives we can become healthier, stay out of pain and reduce risk of diabetes and other diseases!