A NEW workout regime can have a major impact on beating diabetes, research shows.
The key is combining both aerobic exercise and weight training, say experts at the University of Vienna.
The team assessed the effect of aerobic exercise such as swimming, resistance exercise such as using gym weight machines and a combination of the two on blood sugar control, blood pressure and blood fats.
The study, published in the journal Diabetologia, conducted 14 trials with 915 participants.
Results showed that in patients with established diabetes, aerobic exercise is more effective in controlling blood sugar and fasting glucose than resistance training.
But a combination of the two had a far bigger impact on blood sugar control.
Researcher Lukas Schwingshackl said: “Further high quality with long-term exercise interventions are needed to develop definitive recommendations.
“In the meantime, combined aerobic and resistance training can be recommended as part of a lifestyle programme in the management of Type 2 diabetes wherever possible.
“Supervised workouts should be favoured, though of course we accept it is not possible for most people to have supervised workouts in the course of day-to-day living.”
It is well-established that exercise is a powerful therapy for Type 2 diabetes. But only 40 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women in the UK achieve the recommended 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise on five days of the week.
The Government recommends all adults get at least 150 minutes exercise a week.