Fitness plea for world diabetes day 14/11/2013

People who develop diabetes in later life can avoid heart disease by keeping fit, according to the findings of a major study reported today.

European researchers reported their findings to coincide with World Diabetes Day.

According to the Swedish study, people with type 2 diabetes who undertake little activity are at “considerably” greater risk of fatal heart disease than others who keep themselves fitter.

The research, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, involved more than 15,000 people with an average age of 60.

The study showed the least fit people had a 70% greater risk of dying from a heart attack than fitter counterparts.

Type 2 diabetes is often linked to heart disease as it can develop through obesity and lack of fitness. The Swedish researchers say people who develop diabetes can still avoid heart disease by keeping fit.

Researcher Dr Bj√∂rn Zethelius, from the University of Uppsala, said: “The message from this study is clear. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Engage in physical activity. Alongside diet, these are the cornerstone of type 2 diabetes treatment. If you are presently on a low level of physical activity, do more.”

Level of physical activity associated with risk of cardiovascular diseases and mortality in patients with type-2 diabetes: report from the Swedish National Diabetes Register. Eur J Prevent Cardiol 14 November 2013; DOI: 10.1177/2047487313510893.

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