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The study examined 251 sedentary adults with type 2 diabetes and assigned them either 45 minutes of aerobic exercise, 45 minutes of resistance training, or 45 minutes of a combination of both, all performed three times a week. A fourth group did nothing at all.
After twenty-six weeks of this, the do-nothing group saw no change at all, of course. Both the aerobic and the resistance training groups saw a half percentage point drop in their A1c's. But the group that did both saw nearly a full-point drop in their A1c's.
In light of the fact that a one-point drop in A1c is associated with a 15 to 20 percent drop in risk of heart attack and a 25 to 40 percent drop in risk of diabetic eye or kidney disease, it might be wise to get that gym bag out again.
Source: EurekAlert; Annals of Internal Medicine, September 2007
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