The benefit of strength training on arterial blood pressure in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus measured with ambulatory 24-hour blood pressure systems

  • Barbara Strasser
  • Paul Haber
  • Christoph Strehblow
  • Edmund Cauza


BACKGROUND: An ambulatory 24-hour BP-monitoring (ABPM) is of paramount importance, while patients are engaged in their usual activities, for a better representation of blood pressure (BP). ABPM provides not only automated measurements of brachial-artery pressure over a 24-hour period but also a highly reproducible circadian profile. The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the effect of strength training (ST) on BP in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D) and to obtain new and important information on BP profiles over 24-hour by using an ABPM. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We recruited ten patients (mean age: 59.7 ± 7.3) from our Diabetes Department who participated in a 4-month systematic ST program on three non-consecutive days of the week. The ST program consisted of exercises for all major muscle groups. The numbers of sets for each muscle group were systematically increased from 3 at the beginning of the program to 4, 5 and finally 6 sets per week at the end of the program. The ABPM equipment (oscillometric Model Mobil-O-Graph® CE 0434) was applied before and after 4-month training period. Routine HbA1C levels were measured using standard techniques. All subjects took a cycling test to measure maximum oxygen uptake (VO2peak) and maximum workload (Wmax) before and after the training period. Maximal strength was determined by one repetition maximum (1RM) in kp for the bench press, bench pull and leg press exercises, using the Concept 2 Dyno®. RESULTS: Analysis of the pooled daytime and night-time data showed a significant reduction of mean arterial BP (from 93.8 ± 19.2 to 90.6 ± 14.3 mmHg; p > 0.01) after a 4-month ST (−3.4% mmHg). VO2peak (p < 0.05), Wmax (p < 0.05), 1RM for all muscle groups (p < 0.01), lean body mass (p < 0.05) and percent body fat (p < 0.05) improved significantly after a 4-month of ST. HbA1C showed a significant reduction by 14.5% (from 8.3 ± 1.7 to 7.1 ± 0.9%; p < 0.01). CONCLUSION: We found a significant reduction of mean arterial BP after a 4-month ST, measured by the ABPM system. These results demonstrate that ST may not only increase muscle strength but also decrease BP and perhaps the risk of future CVD development.


Strength training Diabetes mellitus 2 Hypertension Ambulatory 24-hour blood pressure monitoring HbA1C 

Der Effekt von Krafttraining auf den arteriellen Blutdruck bei PatientInnen mit Diabetes mellitus 2, gemessen mit einem ambulanten 24-Stunden Blutdruckmesssystem


HINTERGRUND: Um detaillierte Informationen über das Blutdruckprofil von PatientInnen während ihrer Tagesaktivitäten zu erhalten, gewann der Einsatz eines ambulanten 24-Stunden Blutdruckmesssystems an Bedeutung. Das Ziel unserer Studie war es, den Effekt eines regelmäßigen Krafttrainings auf das 24-Stunden Blutdruckverhalten bei PatientInnen mit Diabetes mellitus 2 zu analysieren und neue Informationen über das Tages- und Nachtprofil, gemessen mit einem ambulanten 24-Stunden Blutdruckmesssystem, zu gewinnen. METHODE: Wir rekrutierten 10 PatientInnen (mittleres Alter: 59.7 ± 7.3) über unsere Diabetesabteilung, die an einem 4 Monate dauernden Krafttrainingsprogramm an 3 nicht aufeinander folgenden Tagen pro Woche teilnahmen. Das Trainingsprogramm inkludierte Übungen für alle großen Muskelgruppen. Die Anzahl der Sätze pro Muskelgruppe pro Woche (S/MG/W) wurde systematisch erhöht, von 3 S/MG/W zu Beginn auf 4, 5 und 6 S/MG/W am Ende der Trainingsperiode. Das 24-Stunden Blutdruckprofil (oscillometric Model Mobil-O-Graph® CE 0434), der HbA1C, die maximale Sauerstoffaufnahme (VO2peak) und Wattleistung (Wmax) – gemessen mit einer Belastungsergometrie am Fahrrad, und das Einwiederholungsmaximum (1RM) – gemessen mit einer Dynamometrie (Concept 2 Dyno®) für die Übungen Bankdrücken, Bankziehen und Beinpresse, wurden vor und nach der Trainingsphase erhoben. ERGEBNISSE: Krafttraining über 4 Monate resultierte in einer signifikanten Reduktion (−3.4 % mmHg) des mittleren arteriellen Blutdrucks (von 93.8 ± 19.2 auf 90.6 ± 14.3 mmHg; p < 0.01). VO2peak (p < 0.05) Wmax (p < 0.05), 1RM für alle Muskelgruppen (p < 0.01), körperfettfreie Magermasse (p < 0.05) und der prozentuelle Körperfettanteil (p < 0.05) zeigten eine signifikante Verbesserung. Der HbA1C reduzierte sich signifikant um 14.5 % (von 8.3 ± 1.7 auf 7.1 ± 0.9 %; p < 0.01). SCHLUSSFOLGERUNG: Diese Studie zeigt, dass Krafttraining nicht nur die Muskelkraft verbessert, sondern auch den Blutdruck und möglicherweise das Risiko für spätere kardiovaskuläre Erkrankungen reduziert.


Krafttraining Diabetes mellitus 2 Hypertonie Ambulantes 24-Stunden Blutdruckmonitoring HbA1C 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Strasser
    • 1
  • Paul Haber
    • 1
  • Christoph Strehblow
    • 2
  • Edmund Cauza
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Sports Medicine, Departments of Internal Medicine IIMedical UniversityViennaAustria
  2. 2.Departments of Internal Medicine V and Diabetes and RheumatologyWilhelminenspitalViennaAustria

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