Can you exercise away your diabetes symptoms?

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By: Jenny Hall

A professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and an associate scientist in physiology and exercise medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children, Wells is at the forefront of the new field of exercise medicine, which investigates the use of physical activity to treat and prevent chronic disease. What’s the relationship between type 2 diabetes and physical activity? Type 2 diabetes and obesity are closely linked. We know that if we intervene with physical activity there is an improvement in physiology. If we intervene with nutrition and physical activity, the combined effect appears to be amplified. That’s a critical factor in the successful treatment of type 2 diabetes. It isn’t exercise alone, it isn’t diet alone, it’s the combination of exercise and good nutrition. Full Text

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