Aerobic exercise waste of time for diabetes prevention

Thu, 04 Feb 2010
For some people, keeping aerobically fit to prevent diabetes could be a waste of time, according to a controversial new study. The scientists argue that some of those who keep fit by jogging, swimming or going to the gym could be wasting their time. According to the research, some 20 per cent of the population get no significant aerobic fitness benefit from regular exercise .

The international study was headed by experts from the University of London. For the group they identified, regular jogging and going to the gym would hardly help in preventing conditions such as diabetes and heart disease . Common scientific knowledge indicates that aerobic exercise is thought to help avoid type 2 diabetes development.

For the study group identified as being not of benefit from aerobic exercise, other ways to stay healthy would be more appropriate, such as improving diet or taking medication. The research was published by the Journal of Applied Physiology, and may cause controversy for casting exercise as a method of diabetes prevention into doubt. For many people with insulin resistance or pre-diabetes, exercise will always remain one of the key methods of fighting diabetes .
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