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Resistance Band Routines and Diabetes

With age, we lose muscle tissue and gain fat, causing our metabolism to decrease and making diabetes control more difficult.  Resistance training helps promote weight loss by increasing muscle mass, and can be beneficial to your future with diabetes.

Benefits of Resistance Routines and Diabetes

People with diabetes who perform resistance training strengthen their muscles.  This results in a higher metabolism and more calories burnt, improving insulin sensitivity (glycemic control), helping with weight loss, and may reduce the amount of diabetes medications you take, according to Jacqueline Shahar, M.Ed., RCEP, CDE, a certified diabetes educator and manager of exercise physiology in the Joslin Clinic.

In addition, resistance training can increase bone density, which helps avoid osteoporosis, and increases muscle mass and tone.  It also reduces the risk of injury and improves quality of life, Shahar says.

“As I always tell my patients: Exercise is the best medication!”

Examples of Resistance Band Routines

Some exercises that can be done with the resistance band include: the lat pull-down, mid-back low row, chest press, bicep curls, upright row, and high-resistance squat.

You can purchase a resistance band in any sports store, retail store, or online retailer.

To make an appointment with Jacqueline Shahar, call 617-732-2400.

Page last updated: November 07, 2019