Personal trainers will tell you that people benefit the most from exercise when they stick with a fitness routine consistently for many years. A continuing study shows this commitment to consistency is actually the hardest part of working out for many people. In the study a person was more likely to gain back weight they had lost with each year that passed after they began an exercise routine.
We all know what happens. As life places new demands on our busy schedules, we find more and more excuses to fall out of our fitness routine.
The Look AHEAD study was one of the first to record how much people with type 2 diabetes have to gain from exercise if they can stick with their fitness routine for years. The researchers divided people with diabetes into two groups. One group received educational material on the importance of exercise in improving how their body managed their blood sugar. The other group received coaching from personal trainers and dieticians. Both of the groups knew they needed to exercise and many of them began to lose weight, but the group with dedicated coaches stuck with their routines year after year.
The study showed that by seeking the help of professionals, people with diabetes are much more likely to exercise with the consistency needed to reduce diabetes symptoms. Many of the study participants kept more than 5 percent of their initial weight off for more than two years. By keeping that much weight off, people with diabetes reduce their risk of heart attack, congestive heart failure and stroke.
Diabetes increases the risks of heart problems, and some diabetes medications have side effects that increase the risk even more. The type 2 medication Actos carries the Food and Drug Administration’s black-box warning for its congestive heart failure side effects. The black-box is the FDA’s most severe warning and is only used on drugs that can cause serious injury or death. This has lead to many of the drug’s consumers filing Actos lawsuits.
Actos has also been repeatedly linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer.
Another medical study shows enough exercise may even restore some of the functions of the liver and pancreas in a person with type 2 diabetes. The benefits of exercise are amazing, but you can only achieve them if you pick the right strategy for sticking with your routine.
- Seek out the help of a physician, a personal trainer and a dietician for the best results. It may cost money, but preventative treatment is much less expensive than an emergency visit later down the road.
- When a person with diabetes exercises, it’s important they take special precautions. Exercise can lower the blood sugar rapidly, so it’s important to warm up and to monitor blood sugar before and after exercising.
- Drink plenty of water, and be sure to talk with a doctor for guidance on how to exercise safely.
William Richards researches and writes about prescription drugs and medical devices for Drugwatch.com.
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