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Structured Exercise Programs Help Lower Blood Sugar, Study Finds
Date:5/3/2011

gym two times or more a week for two years, they incurred $1,252 less in health-care costs than their less-active counterparts.

"Given the health benefits of physical exercise on diabetes prevention, managing type 2 diabetes in patients, and on improving the health of the general adult and older population, it may be time to consider insurance reimbursements for structured physical exercise programs," wrote Pahor.

Zonszein agreed that insurance reimbursement for structured physical activity is a good idea. "It's important, but it's not something that our current system pays much attention to. We pay for diabetes-related dialysis and heart surgeries, but not for exercise to prevent the complications," he said.

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Learn more about exercise and diabetes from the American Diabetes Association.

SOURCES: Beatriz Schaan, M.D., professor, Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Brazil; Joel Zonszein, M.D., director, clinical diabetes center, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City; May 4, 2011 Journal of the American Medical Association


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