‘Football helps treat hypertensive and type 2 diabetes patients’

13 June 2014

Football training exercises can improve glycaemic control in type 2 diabetes patients and lower blood pressure in those with the hypertension, suggests new research from the University of Copenhagen.

The findings suggests twice-weekly training sessions not only lower blood pressure and improve health health, but also help men with type 2 diabetes lose abdominal fat.

Researchers note that the effects of this type of training means a reduced risk of heart disease, heart failure and myocardial infarction.

The study involved 21 men with type 2 diabetes and 32 men with high blood pressure aged 30‒60 years.

Professor Jens Bangsbo, lead author, said: “This type of training is very effective, and after 24 weeks of training physical fitness, measured as maximal oxygen uptake, was 10 per cent higher for the participants with high blood pressure and 12 per cent higher for those with diabetes.

“At the same time, the diabetes patients lost almost two kilos of fat. A better fitness combined with a lower body fat percentage makes it easier to carry out daily activities.”

The professor added that football training helped men with type 2 diabetes manage their condition and helped prevent complications.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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