Dieting and exercise can be more effective at controlling Type II Diabetes than medication, according to recent research.
A team of researchers at the University of Glasgow followed 1,500 Type II Diabetes patients as they attended an NHS lifestyle course.
The course involved 90-minute classes every fortnight for four months, where patients were given exercise advice and told to follow a calorie controlled diet of 1,400 calories a day for women and 1,900 a day for men.
They found that those who completed the 16-week regime saw no increase in the diabetes pills they had to take. They were also half as likely to see their condition progress to the extent that they needed insulin.
Patients who completed the course lost an average of 1.25st in the three years afterwards compared to just 2lb among those who did not. Diabetes sufferers who lost at least 11lb also had a significant reduction in blood sugar levels in these following three years.
There are 4 million people with diabetes in the UK – 90% of these people have Type II Diabetes, linked to being overweight or obese. Whilst the condition can easily be prevented through a healthy lifestyle, new cases are being diagnosed at a staggering rate of 200,000 a year.
This new announcement on the benefits of exercise over medication is an opportunity not just for Personal Trainers, but for qualified fitness specialists to join the fight against obesity, in order to prevent the illnesses associated with it. Exercise Referral Specialists will become increasingly more in demand as patients are referred to exercise-based treatment. Whilst specialist fitness practitioners including Obesity & Diabetes Specialists and Specialist Personal Trainers will be sought to provide expert advice and fitness programmes.