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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention - Leading the effort to treat and prevent diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Natives


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Resistance Training

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NOTE: Access to this information is not restricted; however, the information found here is intended for use by medical providers. Some videos contain graphic images. Patients should talk with their medical providers about any specific concerns.

Why is this important?

  • Resistance training (RT) when executed properly can improve muscular strength and muscular endurance.
  • Also, RT increases lean muscle mass and improves insulin sensitization and body composition.

Action steps:

  • In 2009, the American College of Sports Medicine released resistance training guidelines. Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov
  • For beginners, especially those with diabetes and CVD, start an exercise set with 10 to 12 repetitions at an appropriate weight.
    • This prevents excessive exertion which can cause muscle strain and an abnormal systolic blood pressure response.
    • Instruct patient to breathe throughout the exercise movement; they should not hold their breath during any phase of the exercise.
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Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention | Phone: (505) 248-4182 | Fax: (505) 248-4188 | diabetesprogram@ihs.gov