With endurance and strength training against type 2 diabetes

Sport for type 2 diabetes: with endurance and strength training against diabetes

According to health experts, around 7.6 million Germans have diabetes. The majority of them suffer from type 2 diabetes. In order to keep the disease at bay, it is important to adapt your lifestyle and exercise. In addition to endurance training, strength training is also recommended.

Diabetes can often be controlled without medication

According to the latest surveys, 9.2 percent of the population in Germany was diabetic last year. Over 90 percent of the 7.6 million citizens affected suffered from type 2 diabetes. In a large number of these patients, the disease can be controlled well even without medication. It is important to adapt your lifestyle, eat a balanced diet, lose weight if you are overweight and, above all, exercise regularly.

Healthy eating and regular exercise

"Diabetes mellitus has become a widespread disease in which those affected should not only eat healthy, but also exercise as regularly as possible," said Klaus Möhlendick, sports scientist at the Barmer health insurance company, in a statement.

“Strengthening your stamina here is now outdated. In the best case, one does not only endurance but also weight training, ”said the expert.

However, you should definitely seek medical advice beforehand to find the right measure.

At least 150 minutes of endurance sports per week

According to the information, sports not only acutely lower blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes, but also improve the insulin sensitivity of the cells.

Because this effect wears off after 48 hours, regular exercise is so important.

“The best thing to do with diabetes mellitus is at least 150 minutes of endurance sport per week and spread it over three to five days. Weight training is part of the program every three days and should include all large muscle groups, ”said Möhlendick.

According to the expert, regular and moderate endurance training is better than spending yourself once.

Reduce belly fat and lower blood sugar

Both strength and endurance sports have positive effects in people with type 2 diabetes. According to Möhlendick, strength training reduces belly fat and can reduce long-term blood sugar levels by up to 0.5 percent.

Endurance training lowers blood sugar even more, by up to 0.7 percent. According to the information, this corresponds approximately to the effect of drug therapy.

"Anyone who does sports should definitely discuss with the doctor how to gradually adjust their insulin intake," said Möhlendick. (ad)

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