People At Risk For Type 2 Diabetes Need More Exercise To Stay Healthy

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People who are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes need more exercise than others in order to stay healthy, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden.

How To Know If You Are At Risk For Type 2 Diabetes

There are two main causes for type 2 diabetes: lifestyle and genetics. If you have a close relative such as a sibling, mother, or father who has been diagnosed with it, then you are 3 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes (however, it does not mean you will).  

The biggest and most natural ways you can prevent type 2 diabetes through your own lifestyle is eating healthy (whole foods) and exercising regularly.  

The Study Of Exercise And Type 2 Diabetes Risk

In the Lund University study, 50 slightly overweight and unfit men who were relatively healthy and in their 40s were studied for 7 months. The researchers had the men exercise at a fitness center regularly.  

Half of the men were inside of the risk group for type 2 diabetes and the other half were not.  

Each man was offered 3 training sessions each week, which included 2 aerobic classes and a spinning class. The researchers made sure to record the energy consumption and exercise intensity in the men.  

Before and after each exercise session, the men were examined medically and were each given a glucose tolerance or sugar load test. That way, the researchers could see how well the cells were able to absorb sugar into the bloodstream.

Muscle biopsies were conducted on the participants to analyse how active different genes were in the men as well.  

Exercise Was Different In The Men At Risk For Type 2 Diabetes

The routine of exercise for both groups of men was equally hard, but they found that the at-risk group needed to exercise more. Both groups lost weight and inches around their waist and their gene expressions even improved. But there were still differences.

“The difference was that participants from the risk group had to exercise more to achieve the same results as the participants from the control group,says Lead Author, Ola Hansson.

“Nevertheless, it is interesting to see that there is a difference despite the fact that all of them are actually healthy and otherwise very similar. We now hope to continue with further studies, including examining whether exercise intensity rather than volume is a crucial factor in determining how the risk group responds to exercise,” concludes Ola Hansson.


Lund University. “Exercise is good for everyone, but some struggle more than others.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 2 October 2015. <>.

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Kirsten Cowart is a writer and researcher that has worked in the spiritual, mental health and medical fields.Kirsten enjoys studying and experiencing the benefits of yoga, meditation, nutrition, herbalism, organic gardening and alternative health.She worked hard in 2014 losing over 40 lbs. and has since maintained a healthy lifestyle.Follow her to learn more about her journey on Twitter, Facebook & Youtube!
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