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How Can Personal Trainers Help Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes?

As the fitness industry continues to evolve, we are being met by more research that is being used to shape a positive future when it comes to health and fitness. With many people choosing to make a career out of fitness by gaining reputable fitness qualifications and more research being done, the potential for the fitness industry is constantly growing.

Now, new research by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA has shown us how the public and fitness professionals can make it easier to deal with Type 2 Diabetes, which is an area of health and fitness that is seeing growing problems.

The research has shown that maintaining a moderate to good muscle strength can have a benefit on lowering the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Throughout the study, researchers looked at around 4,500 people aged 20-100 to see if there is a link between muscle strength, resistance training and the risk of developing Diabetes, with experts stating that previous research doesn’t focus enough on resistance training on its own.

When concluding the study, researchers found that those with moderate muscle strength were up to 32% less likely to be at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes; regardless of their lifestyle habits such as smoking and consuming alcohol. Although these findings are massively positive, experts such as Duck-Chul Lee, an Author of the Study has said that there needs to be more research done to find out what level of resistance training produces the best results.

Lee has said; “Naturally, people will want to know how often to lift weights or how much muscle mass they need, but it’s not that simple,” with methods of analysing muscle strength being very complex; making it hard to get such accurate results so early on in the study.

This is why Lee went on to say; “More work is needed to determine the proper dose of resistance exercise, which may vary for different health outcomes and populations.” When further research has been done, those with Exercise Referral and Fitness for Diabetes qualifications will be able to do more with their Diabetic clients and those at the biggest risk of developing it; allowing them to have more of an involvement with the public and take a weight off the shoulders off the NHS and other health organisations.

Although the research is only the first step to finding out more about dealing and preventing Type 2 Diabetes, it is still hugely positive for Personal Trainers and those dealing with Diabetes, as they are able to apply levels of resistance training; knowing that it can lower the risk of Diabetes.

Although this research may encourage Personal Trainers to do more with their skills, it is vital that only those with the right qualifications get involved with Diabetic clients, down to it being a specialist population.

With many people feeling too self-conscious to join a gym, Angelique Brellenthin, an ISU postdoctoral researcher has said that “We want to encourage small amounts of resistance training and it doesn’t need to be complicated. You can get a good resistance workout with squats, planks or lunges. Then, as you build strength, you can consider adding free weights or weight machines.”

With many people finding fitness unappealing, getting this message across could prove to be monumental in the fight against Type 2 Diabetes.

Due to fitness professionals being able to expand their credentials and gain further qualifications, the potential that this research holds is huge, as more people are now able to become qualified and get involved with training Diabetic clients. With many of the public finding fitness inaccessible and unappealing, it is important for qualified Personal Trainers to offer sessions to Diabetics, as this is one way we can make fitness appealing to more people.

If you’re looking to take your Personal Training further and get involved with specialist areas of fitness, take a look at our courses to see how you can get involved. With Personal Trainers getting involved in specialist areas of fitness such as Ante/Post-Natal fitness to Older Adult fitness, the possibility to help more people get fit and look after their health is constantly growing. Get in touch to see how you can become qualified to expand client base and get involved in niche areas of fitness.


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