Mix up your workout for better diabetes management.
Researchers of a new study found that people with type 2 diabetes who incorporated both brisk walking and weight lifting into their routine had lower blood sugar levels compared with those who focused on just one of the two types.
All workout groups exercised three days a week for a total of about 140 minutes. After nine months, researchers found that people who combined walking and weight lifting into their workout significantly lowered their hemoglobin A1c levels—which measures long-term blood sugar control—by 0.34 percent. Neither the walking-only nor weight-lifting-only groups had a significant reduction in blood sugar levels.
In addition to better blood sugar control, the combination workout group lost the most weight compared with the other workout groups. They also reduced their use of diabetes medication the most during the study. Just remember to never change your medication use without talking to your doctor first.