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People With A Genetic Inclination To Type 2 Diabetes Have To Exercise More

October 24, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Swedish researchers have determined that people with increased risk of type 2 diabetes – because of family history – have to exercise a lot harder to achieve the same results as others. A person with a mother, father, sister or brother who is a type 2 diabetic is three times more likely than others to acquire the disease. For the seven-month study, healthy but unfit and overweight men were divided into a high-risk and control group. Though the exercise routines were equally hard, the risk group attended more sessions and expended more energy. Both groups benefited: they all lost weight, reduced waist size and increased fitness. But the risk group had to exercise more to achieve the same results as the control group.
Carl Ekman et al., "Less pronounced response to exercise in healthy relatives to type 2 diabetics compared to controls. ", Journal of Applied Physiology, October 24, 2015, © Journal of Applied Physiology
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