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Monday, Sep. 17, 2007 Study: The Best Exercise for Diabetes By Sora Song It's no secret that exercise is key to controlling type 2 diabetes — and many doctors already urge  their diabetic patients to get active. But it's a vague directive: How much exercise is enough? How  often? And what kind? The simple answer is that any is better than none — in sum, that's what a  new study published in the Sept. 18 issue of the journal  Annals of Internal Medicine  found. But it  also found that not all exercise is created equal and that the combination of aerobic exercise and  weight training is significantly better for controlling blood sugar than either alone. The elegantly designed study, led by researchers at the University of Calgary and the University of  Ottawa, involved 251 patients aged 39 to 70, with type 2 diabetes. The patients, none of whom  were regular exercisers, were randomized to one of four groups: aerobic exercise, resistance  training, a combination of both, or none. For 22 weeks, the aerobic group worked out for 45  minutes three times a week on the treadmill or stationary bicycle; the resistance-training group  spent an equal amount of time on weight machines. The combination group was at the gym twice  as long as the other two exercise groups, doing the full aerobic plus weight-training regimens. "We 
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