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New attitudes to managing diabetes through lifestyle has seen the belief that resistance training, i.e. training with weights, can benefit type 2 diabetics as much as simple weight loss. Research has found that training with weights allows control over blood sugar levels by converting body fat into muscle, rather than losing body fat through diet alone. Adiponectin, a hormone that is involved in controlling blood sugar levels is low in type 2 diabetics (poor blood sugar control), but can be elevated by weight loss (improved control). High risk populations, such as Hispanics, are being targeted for the research due to their known tendency to develop insulin insensitivity. Other high risk populations include Latinos, African Americans, American Indian and Pacific Islanders.
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About: Improved blood sugar control with weight lifting
Date: 27 May 2005
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