In case you don’t believe it yet, here is some of the strongest proof of the place of exercise, both aerobic and resistance training, in prevention of diabetes. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine on September 24, 2012 looked at 32,002 men from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, who were observed from 1990 to 2008. Weekly time spent on weight training and aerobic exercise was obtained from questionnaires at the beginning and every two years.
During the follow-up there were 2,278 new cases of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Those men who engaged in weight training or aerobic exercise for at least 150 minutes per week had a lower risk of T2DM of 34% and 52% respectively. Men who did both for at least 150 minutes total had an even lower risk of 59% compared to men who did neither.
Although they didn’t study it specifically, take my word for the fact that if you have diabetes already, doing 150 minutes of both weight training and aerobic exercise will provide similar benefits in terms of controlling diabetes and its complications.
For everything you need to know about exercise in diabetes, see Chapter 9 in my book, Diabetes For Dummies.