Acta Diabetologica

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 245–248

Resistance training improves the metabolic profile in individuals with type 2 diabetes


  • A. Honkola
    • Soini Primary Health Care Center, SF-63800 Soini, Finland
  • T. Forsén
    • National Public Health Institute, Mannerheimintie 166, SF-00300 Helsinki, Finland
  • J. Eriksson
    • National Public Health Institute, Mannerheimintie 166, SF-00300 Helsinki, Finland

DOI: 10.1007/s005920050082

Cite this article as:
Honkola, A., Forsén, T. & Eriksson, J. Acta Diabetologica (1997) 34: 245. doi:10.1007/s005920050082


Aerobic endurance exercise has traditionally been advocated in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, while the potential role of resistance training has often been overlooked. The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of circuit-type resistance training on blood pressure, lipids and long-term glycaemic control (HbA1c) in type 2 diabetic subjects. Thirty-eight type 2 diabetic subjects were enrolled in the study; 18 participated in a 5-month individualized progressive resistance training programme (moderate intensity, high volume) twice a week, while the remaining 20 served as controls. The exercise group showed improvements in total cholesterol (6.0±.3 vs 5.3±.3 mM; P<0.01), low density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol (3.90±.22 vs 3.35±.21 mM; P<0.01) and triglycerides (1.91±.25 vs 1.53±.22 mM; P<0.01). Also, the difference in the change in HbA1c between the groups (0.5%) achieved statistical significance (P<0.01). Circuit-type resistance training seems to be feasible in moderately obese, sedentary type 2 diabetic subjects and the inclusion of circuit-type resistance training in exercise training programmes for type 2 diabetic subjects seems appropriate.

Key words Resistance trainingType 2 diabetesMetabolic profileGlycaemic control
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