diabetes prevention

Even low level exercise helps to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes

by Barbara Hewitt on February 23, 2018

Physical exercise, such as walking, jogging and running, are able to help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new global research.

Low intensity physical activity is also able to reduce the risk, making it possible for older people to take steps to improve their health and reduce their risk of diabetes, says the research led by experts from the University of Birmingham in England.

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The research study report recommends that action is taken by health chiefs to promote physical activity as a way of reducing diabetes and combating the growing obesity epidemic.

The study centred on the lifestyle of 44,828 Chinese adults aged between 20 and 80 who had been recently diagnosed with impaired fasting glucose (IFG), an early warning signal for type 2 diabetes. It covered an 18-year period.

The researcher says that if more people were encouraged to take up exercise the number of diabetics across mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan could fall by seven million and about one fifth of the observed diabetes cases which developed could have been avoided if inactive individuals had engaged in World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended levels of exercise.

‘It may also offset the rapid increases in diabetes resulting from population aging and China’s ongoing obesity epidemic,’ said Professor Neil Thomas from the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Applied Health Research.

‘However, more than three quarters of Chinese adults do not perform sufficient physical activity to reap such health benefits. Our findings emphasise the urgent need to promote physical activity as a strategy for diabetes prevention,’ he added.

Compared with inactive participants, diabetes risk in individuals reporting low, moderate and high volume exercise was reduced by 12%, 20%, and 25% respectively after adjusting for physical labour at work and other factors.

The researchers found that 19.2% of diabetes cases could have been avoided if the inactive participants had engaged in WHO recommendation levels of exercise.

Estimates suggest there are about 112 million diabetic patients across the Greater China area accounting for 40% to 60% of premature deaths before the age of 60 years.

Individuals with IFG constitute a significant proportion of the Chinese population, with 25% of Chinese adults meeting the American Diabetes Association (ADA) definition of IFG.

Every year 6% to 9% of individuals with IFG progress to diabetes and, compared to people with normal blood sugar levels, such patients have a higher risk of death from vascular and chronic kidney disease.

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