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    Is weight training important to control my Diabetes type 2?

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  • Lisa Renn

    Dietitian

    Lisa is an APD with 12 years experience, specialising in helping people identify and change habits that impact negatively on their health. Inspiring change, Lisa … View Profile

    HI there,
    Research has shown that weight training is effective in managing type 2 diabetes, it is also helpful for building muscle which in turns assists your basal metabolic rate = better able to maintain a healthy weight or lose weight.
    There is also benefits to be had for type 2 diabetes from aerobic type training such as walking. Combining the 2 types of training  is also effective.
    The bottom line with any exercise is that you need to enjoy it, or at least find it satisfactory, in order to be sustainable.
    So the best exercise is the activity you will do in the long term.
    Good Luck!

  • Eric Rosario

    Exercise Physiologist

    Master of Applied Science by Research into the Effects of Strength Training on Postmenopausal women. I have been involved in strength training for 67 years … View Profile

    Weight training can increase muscle mass. Increased muscle mass has a twofold effect:; it increases insulin sensitivity and the insulin which a Type 11 diabetic produces can be fully utilised. Increased muscle mass as Lisa has said also increase the Basal Metabolic Rate which reduces fat mass which assists in combating Omental fat. Omental fat or central obesity can also be caused by stress so weight training in conjunction with Yogic relaxation could be a very efficient antidote to Type11 diabetes. Again if life goals are set at attainable level stress can be reduced.

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