The LA Times recently picked up this APTA press release reporting on the results of a study in Physical Therapy, which found that improving strength through resistance training can help with blood sugar control. Subjects in the study participated in a 16 week exercise program supervised by a physical therapist. The key to the program was the addition of resistance training to aerobic training. Those who recieved that program had improved health in terms of BMI and increased muscle mass compared to those who only performed aerobic exercise. Lean tissue helps regulate blood sugar levels.
The study is part of PT Journal's Special Diabetes Issue, which is a pretty slick issue! Of course, November 14th is World Diabetes Day! Diabetes is estimated to have an economic cost of $174 Billion in the United States and effects up to 24 million individuals.