Exercise can help people lose weight and prevent diabetes, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The study examined the role of exercise in weight loss in patients with type 2 diabetes.
It found that exercise can help patients lose weight, and reduce the risk of diabetes.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge looked at data from the National Health Service (NHS) Exercise and Obesity Survey (EOSIS) and found that the use of exercise to help people control their weight has been linked to reduced diabetes risk.
“The use of a high-intensity, moderate-intensity exercise programme is associated with improvements in glycemic control and in metabolic markers in individuals with type 1 diabetes,” the researchers wrote in the study.
“These findings are in line with previous work showing that exercise is an effective way to lower risk of developing type 2 diabetics.”
The findings are supported by a recent study published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, which found that a 30-minute moderate- to high-level exercise program in adults with type 3 diabetes had an “almost clinically significant” effect on reducing their risk of type 2.
In contrast, the study authors concluded that a high level of physical activity was “not associated with any clinically significant improvements in glucose control, insulin sensitivity, insulin secretion or other cardiovascular measures” in people with type 4 diabetes.
The researchers also found that people who had high levels of physical inactivity were less likely to have diabetes than those who were inactive.
However, they found that if the participants were inactive they were less at risk of having diabetes.
They also noted that people with diabetes who used exercise were more likely to maintain their current weight, even after a period of weight loss.
Dr Richard Smith, of the University’s Institute for Exercise and Sport Sciences (IES), said the study could be useful in the fight against obesity.
“It’s not just about getting people fit, it’s about improving their health,” he said.
“And when we think about people with health problems, we think of obesity as the problem.”
He said the findings could help guide the development of more effective and less costly treatments for people with chronic diseases.
“If we can manage people’s weight and make them healthier and fit and we can prevent their heart disease, stroke and diabetes, we will see a dramatic reduction in these diseases,” he explained.
“In a sense we’re already there.”