Exercise more to prevent diabetes
University College London and the University of Cambridge collated data from more than 1 million people, analysing studies from Europe, Asia, Australia and the US. The results of the study published in the journal Diabetologia looked at the role of exercise in the development of type 2 diabetes, independent from other influential factors such as diet.
The researchers found that exercise is beneficial in preventing diabetes but individuals who exceeded the recommended guidelines of 150 mins of moderate intensity activity per week, saw the greatest benefits. The researchers concluded more is better. Those who exercised moderately or vigorously for at least an hour a day reduced the risk of developing diabetes by up to 40%.
The results may prove useful for evidence based future health policy decisions.