Is High-Intensity Resistance Training Program Practical for Older Patients with Type 2 Diabetes?

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However, the type of exercise that is most beneficial, endurance or resistance has been rarely studied. This article seeks answers to whether or not a high-intensity resistance training program is practical for older patients with type 2 diabetes who were recently sedentary, and if the participation in high-intensity resistance training along with moderate weight loss, representing the experimental group, is comparable to flexibility exercise with moderate weight loss, representing the control group. The results sought include compliance, reduction in glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), increases in muscular strength and lean body mass, and decreases in fat mass. There were 47 patients for this study, both men and women between the ages of 60 and 80 years, overweight, recently sedentary, nonsmokers, and had established type 2 diabetes without the use of insulin. The subjects were separated between two groups by the type of exercise they would perform. Both were provided a healthy eating plan designed to provide a moderate weight loss of 0.25 kg/week for the course of the study. Adherence to the diet was assessed in biweekly interviews with the participants. Both groups visited the exercise lab 3 nonconsecutive days per week for 6 months. The control group exercise was designed to increase flexibility but not improve cardiovascular…

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