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Inactive seniors at higher diabetes risk?

Inactive seniors at higher diabetes risk?
25th August 2011

Older people using home care who are inactive could be at an elevated risk of type 2 diabetes, research has shown.

A University of Missouri study revealed that stopping regular physical activity impacts on control of blood sugar levels, meaning that a sedentary lifestyle could play a part in the development of diabetes.

Study author John Thyfault found that a single bout of moderate exercise could improve blood glucose regulation, but becoming inactive even for a short period of time, quickly disrupts this effect.

"Even in the short term, reducing daily activity and ceasing regular exercise causes acute changes in the body associated with diabetes that can occur before weight gain and the development of obesity," he warned.

This follows the discovery of a new drug target for diabetes reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The discovery that the cells' mitochondria is reduced in the skeletal muscle of those with the condition could lead to the development of new drugs to boost the activity of the enzyme.

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