- January 27, 2016
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- Posted by: Health Advisor
The ultimate goal for most people is a good quality of life. It has been proved beyond doubt that exercise improves health related quality of life.
Patients with Type 2 Diabetes should have a structured exercise program. Advising patients to increase their exercise levels is not enough. They should be given “exercise prescriptions” that specify the type, duration, intensity and frequency of exercises. These exercise programs should be adapted to each individual based on other health conditions, contraindications and realistic personal goals.
Dr. Romeu Mendes and his colleagues from Portugal reviewed published recommendations or guidelines for exercise program for people with type 2 diabetes. These guidelines are issued by international scientific organizations in the field of diabetology,endocrinology,cardiology,public health and sports medicine. They included 11 publications from institutions like the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, American Diabetes Association, Francophone Diabetes Society and Swedish National Institute of Health. This has been coted in Br J Sports Med 2015.
The guidelines agreed that people with type 2 diabetes should perform at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise per week, at least three days of the week. They also recommended resistance exercise at least twice a week. Aerobic exercise can include brisk walking,running,cycling or swimming and resistance exercise should target large muscle groups with machines or free weights.
In conclusion patients with diabetes should be educated regarding structured exercise programs.