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Creatine and exercise improved blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes

Creatine helps the body use energy efficiently, and in this study 25 obese participants with type 2 diabetes, aged at least 45 and physically inactive for at least one year, took 5 grams of creatine per day or a placebo. Everyone also participated in an exercise program three times per week that included treadmill warm-up, resistance and aerobic training, and stretching. After 12 weeks, while there was no change for placebo, the creatine group had much better long-term blood sugar control. Doctors analyzed long-term blood sugar control by measuring hemoglobin A1C, which fell from 7.4 before the study to 6.4 afterwards, a level that is better than those recommended by the American Diabetes Association or the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Reference: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise; 2011, Vol. 43, No. 5, 770-8

From the October 2011 newsletter

Van's Health on December - 19 - 2011
categories: Supplements

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