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Exercise Slows Down Ageing in Diabetics

Posted on: Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Categories: Exercise, Personal trainer, Personal training

Diabetes Mellitus is a condition where the body is unable to process glucose adequately and it is one of the most common health conditions suffered by people worldwide. Currently, 2.8 million people in the UK alone are thought to suffer from Type 2 Diabetes with a further 850,000 people unaware that they have it. More often than not Type 2 Diabetes commences in adulthood and is usually triggered by living unhealthily with obesity being a very strong link. One of the unfortunate side effects of Type 2 Diabetes is that the cardiovascular system ages prematurely.

Generally, after age 40 or 50 an adult will lose approximately 10% of their fitness during each decade of their life. Research has shown that the level of fitness degenerates more amongst people who have Type 2 Diabetes by about 20% as compared to a ‘normal’ population. This investigation was highlighted at a conference on exercise in Colorado, USA and showed that a speeded up reduction in the level of fitness brings with it an increased risk of premature disability and even death. Amy Huebschmann from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine has noted that disability can hinder day to day activities such as going to the shops. Furthermore, the problem can be a spiralling one in that people with Type 2 Diabetes may find it more difficult to exercise which in turn increases the likelihood of disability.

Because exercise becomes more and more difficult for diabetics as time goes on, a personal trainer can have an enormous impact in being able to increase fitness and consequently, activity levels. By starting a programme that is appropriate for the level of fitness of the individual and then increasing the intensity of the exercises at a safe pace, the diabetic person will be capable of more and more over time.

Huebschmann and her colleagues have good news for diabetics.  Regular exercise not only improves fitness levels it can also slow down the premature cardiovascular ageing commonly found in diabetic patients. An improvement by up to 40% in the level of fitness can be achieved after just 12-20 weeks of training. Even though regular exercise reduces the negative impact of Type 2 Diabetes the research suggests that it doesn’t totally restore cardiovascular fitness to the same levels of healthy adults. Nevertheless, the fact that some of the negative effects of Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed is extremely encouraging and of course a Personal Trainer can help a diabetic person get the maximum results in as short a time as possible. Many diabetic patients found it difficult to exercise moderately for the recommended 150 minutes per week, so personal trainers can help with this goal.