Research being carried out by scientists at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is investigating why exercise feels more difficult for people suffering from type 2 diabetes than it does for people without the disease.
With a recent study showing that under half of all people with type 2 diabetes take any regular exercise, and that people who do not have diabetes are actually more likely to take exercise, the team hope to pinpoint the reasons why this is.
The new study is examining 50 women aged between 50 and 75, with each being questioned about their level of comfort with exercise, and the findings for those with diabetes being compared to that of women without the disease of a similar age, weight and physical ability.
If this study is able to confirm findings from previous research that revealed that exercise felt harder for those people with diabetes, then it is hoped it will be possible to design specific exercise programmes for people with type 2 diabetes.
The study is timely, as it is claimed that the amount of people with type 2 diabetes in the US has risen from about six million in 1980 to around 18 million today. However, many experts believe that the number could be even higher, as 57 million people in the US are thought to have pre-diabetes, a condition that can lead on to type 2 diabetes unless if lifestyle and dietary changes are made.

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