A study recently examined the benefits of physical therapy directed exercise counseling and supervised fitness center-based exercise training among individuals with type 2 diabetes. The study, titled “Impact of Physical Therapist-Directed Exercise Counseling Combined with Fitness Center-Based Exercise Training on Muscular Strength and Exercise Capacity in People with Type 2 Diabetes”, involved two groups of type 2 diabetes patients in a randomized clinical trial.
One group received physical therapy exercise directed by a physical therapist as well as counseling and fitness-center based training, while the other group only received laboratory-based supervised exercise. The exercise training in the study consisted of aerobics training and resistance training, which followed the recommendations set forth by the American Diabetes Association and the American College of Sports Medicine for persons with type 2 diabetes.
The results of the clinical trial suggest that exercise counseling provided by physical therapists, combined with fitness center-based exercise training, can improve exercise capacity and physical strength in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Patients received outcomes comparable to those participating in supervised exercise training.
As this medical condition is a lifelong ailment, a physical therapy exercise program can be an affordable way for patients to continue to benefit from the expertise of a physical therapist at a lower out-of-pocket cost. Since the study was published, researchers have begun to look at the dose, frequency, and intensity to yield the best outcomes for type 2 diabetes patients.