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Exercise Lowers Mortality for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

All-cause mortality significantly decreased for those with higher exercise capacity versus no exercise habits

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FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise cuts the risk for death in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, held virtually from Sept. 21 to 25.

Yun-Ju Lai, M.D., from the Taichung Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan, used data from the National Health Interview Survey and the National Health Insurance research database in Taiwan to examine the effect of exercise capacity on all-cause mortality in 4,859 adult patients with diabetes (49.2 percent male; mean age, 59.5 years). Baseline interviews, which assessed health behaviors, occurred in 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013, with follow-up through 2016.

Lai found that individuals with higher exercise capacity had a significantly decreased risk for all-cause mortality versus those with no exercise habits (adjusted hazard ratios, 0.75 for moderate exercise with 0 to 800 kcal/week and 0.68 for high exercise with >800 kcal/week).

"Among people with type 2 diabetes, those with increased exercise capacity had a significant decreased risk of all-cause mortality," Lai writes. "Further studies should investigate the type and dose of exercise that is most helpful to promote health and prolong life expectancy."

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