Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that results from complications with insulin, which creates elevated plasma glucose levels and disturbances in metabolism that lead to further complications. Therefore, in order to manage diabetes, patients try to maintain appropriate plasma glucose levels, which can be done with medication, dietary intervention and exercise. Progressive resistance exercise is one form of exercise that has been suggested to improve glycemic control, but there is minimal research to confirm this theory. To better evaluate the effectiveness of this type of exercise on glycemic control, a systematic review was conducted and found it to be both beneficial and safe for type 2 diabetics compared to aerobic exercise and no exercise at all.
High rates of diabetes are far from limited to the United States, as the International Diabetes Federation estimates there to currently be 246 million adults worldwide with diabetes, a figure expected to only continue to increase. Mainly due to the paralleled ascension of obesity and overweight, the diabetes problem has reached a global level, and requires dedicated efforts in education, research and development, and forms treatment on grand scale.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the National Collaborating Center for Chronic Conditions surveyed nearly 900 type 2 diabetics to garner a clearer understanding of their perception towards the disease and how best to treat their condition. An updated set of guidelines was subsequently released that emphasized the need for more educational information for diabetics, and recommended diabetics monitor their own glycosylated hemoglobin target barring that it doesn’t affect their quality of life.
With the numerous forms of treatment available for diabetics, one of the easiest and cheapest remains basic aerobic exercise. In addition to everyday aerobic exercises like walking, running and biking, a new study found that an eccentric resistance exercise program designed to increase strength and muscle size could also help type 2 diabetics.
One new dietary method for preventing obesity and type 2 diabetes is based on higher amounts of dairy due to its high concentration of dietary calcium, which is known to burn fat rather than store it. In addition, milk’s bioactive peptides provide additional weight loss capabilities, due to their multiform composition with elements that reduce blood pressure, regulate food intake and cause a number of other reactions that contribute to weight loss.