Exercise may offer little benefit to some individuals with type 2 diabetes

Up to one in five individuals with type 2 diabetes may not benefit from a supervised exercise regimen when it comes to blood sugar management, according to a new study from the Endocrine Society.

Researchers found that certain factors, like genetic predisposition, could inhibit certain people from experiencing blood sugar improvements despite a healthy routine of physical activity.

According to the study, around 15 to 20 percent of individuals with type 2 diabetes didn't show better blood sugar management, insulin sensitivity or fat-burning capabilities (as measured by muscle mitrochondrial density) during an exercise regimen.

The findings were garnered from data on clinical studies, as well as animal and genetic research on the topic.

Other approaches may be needed

The researchers noted that physicians often default to recommending exercise to prevent or manage type 2 diabetes, yet the study suggests a significant number of people don't see metabolic improvements from physical activity.

"More research is needed to determine which people with or at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes will respond to an exercise program and which will not," said study author Lauren Marie Sparks, PhD, of Florida Hospital and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in Orlando, FL. "Genetic and epigenetic patterns could hold the key to differentiating between the two groups. With that information in hand, we can target specific interventions and treatments to the individuals who will benefit most and identify novel treatment approaches to help those who do not respond to exercise."

The study is published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Source: Endocrine Society

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to BattleDiabetes.com who, in addition to 3rd party partners, may contact you with updates, products and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy and terms and conditions.

More Articles

More Articles

It is common knowledge that people with (or without) diabetes should exercise regularly. But why is exercise so important if diet appears to be...

In an age of pharmaceuticals we tend to forget that there are things like herbal teas that can help improve our diabetes. Herbal teas are gaining...

It's important to follow a healthy diet if you have diabetes. Maintaining a frequent and nutritious eating schedule helps stabilize blood sugar...

The so-called "diabetic diet" is not a diet at all. In fact, there are several methods that can be used to create healthful meals that meet the...

There are two types of diabetes, and both children and adults can develop either type....

CoumadinĀ® (warfarin sodium) is a prescription medication that treats existing blood clots and aids in the prevention of new ones. Coumadin is...

Diabetes has a major impact on people who live with the disease, their family members, and society as a whole. According to the National...

Diabetic test strips are one of the biggest expenses in diabetes care. People who are on a fixed income need to watch every penny that they spend...

According to the Mayo Clinic, excessive alcohol consumption can increase a person's risk of developing type 2...

Diabetes can be deadly if left undiagnosed, so it is very important to pay attention to your body if you are displaying any of the symptoms. Early...

Diabetics are inundated with advice about the right foods to eat and which ones to avoid. Since particular foods can have more of an impact on...

If you're trying to follow a specific diet or stay on track with your weight, it might be wise to stay away from those friends who like pizza and...

A diagnosis of pre-diabetes is not a guarantee that you will develop Type 2 diabetes. However, it is...

During a time when sugary treats are found at every turn, steering clear of carbohydrate-rich cocktails becomes even more important for people...

Drinking beer or alcohol for that matter, can result in high blood sugar which is a condition when...