Harvard Heart Letter

Exercise prescription for diabetes

Combining aerobic exercise and strength training is best for diabetes.

Exercise is excellent medicine for an ailing heart, or for keeping a healthy one healthy. It's just as important for type 2 diabetes. This is the kind of diabetes that tends to develop gradually, often in response to excess weight or lack of physical activity. Is one kind of exercise better than another for diabetes? An "exercise prescription" from the American Heart Association recommends a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training. It's also a great combination for the heart.

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