Exercise has many health benefits. According to a research conducted by the UT Southwestern Medical Center, researchers found that waist circumference, percentage of body fat and hemoglobin A1c levels improved in diabetic participants who exercised compared to those who did not exercise.
During the research, the researchers measured fitness by the ability of the respiratory system to exchange carbon dioxide and oxygen. But a sub-group of exercisers, considered non-responders, were unable to improve their cardio-respiratory fitness levels despite diligent exercise.
“What we observed is that exercise improves diabetes control regardless of improvement in exercise capacity,” said co-senior author of the study Jarett Berry, associate professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre in the US.
The results appeared in the journal Diabetes Care.