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Exercise Alone May Help Those With Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes Prevention

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  • Engaging in a six-month moderate-intensity exercise program led to significant health improvements among people with diabetes, including decreases in fat in the abdomen, liver and around the heart, all of which is associated with an increased risk of heart disease
  • Heart disease is the number one cause of death among people with type 2 diabetes, so exercise could be potentially lifesaving for diabetics
  • Type 2 diabetes arises from faulty leptin and insulin signaling and resistance, both of which are directly related to lack of exercise and a diet high in starchy carbohydrates or sugar.
  • When you exercise for diabetes prevention or treatment, intensity is key; high-intensity interval training (HIIT) should ideally be included in your fitness program to achieve optimal results

By Dr. Mercola

Nearly 8 percent of the US population, or close to 26 million people, have diabetes, and another 80 million have pre-diabetes, which means they're on their way to developing the full-blown version of the disease… if they don't do something to stop it.

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