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Can weight training help control blood sugar levels?

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:30   #1 Editor
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Researchers in Canada are trying to find out if weight training along with aerobic exercise can help control blood sugar levels in people with type 1 diabetes. A clinical research trial, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is underway led by Dr Ron Sigal of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research with [...]

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I'm T2 so this may not apply. I just started weight training and aerobics, it is having a big impact on my BG levels.

Control is with Diet modification, exercise, supps.
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I've also found that combination is the key. Doing intervals of weight lifting + threadmill/rowing machine/cross trainer/bicycle lowers my bg-levels for several hours. Doing one of the above doesn't have nearly the same effect.

Edit: Sometimes I take a combo-class: 35 minutes of gym followed by 35 minutes of cross trainer. Not the same effect - intervals work magic!

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This is hardly new 'news' to those who've followed the D story or this forum for long. Building muscle has advantages, and not just for Diabetes. Hasn't Bernstein & others talked about this for a long time (though with his build, he clearly likes running -- ruinous for me & my knees).

Days when I do light weight training (stretchy bands, leg lifts against gravity, raising arms in various directions with appropriate-sized weights, exercises like (slight) knee dips (I have bad knees, rising up on toes slowly, abdominal exercises etc -- just classic stuff, nothing fancy -- -- usually with some minimal aerobic activity -- keep my bg lower than on other days. All the years of exercise literature says reasonable weight training & aeroboic -- doesn't have to be extreme -- are good for you.

My bg monitor tells me its true, as long as I avoid over-doing of course.

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6/28/2012: 500 mg metformin. labs: FBG = 212, A1c = 9.2. weight: 174
7/7/2012: started 2000 mg metformin XR & LC/HF diet
9/28/2012 labs: FBG = 144, A1c=7.5. weight = 160; 12/1/2012 MN 1-mo FBG 103, 2-hr post = 128 // weight = 152 lb
12/30/2012 FBG 1-mo MN =97; 2 hr post MN=121;
1/2/2013: A1c = 6.5 11/2013 A1C=6.6 weight = 147 lb
4/2014 A1C=6.5 weight = 150 lb. 12/2014 A1C=6.5 weight = 147 lb.

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