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The effect of aerobic exercise on some diabetic risk factors in obese women

H Nasim

Abstract


Background: Exercise has been shown to prevent and delay onset of diabetes. The purpose of the present study is to examine the effect of walking exercise in reducing some diabetic risk factors in sedentary obese women.
Methods: Eighteen untrained obese (BMI>30) women aged 19-25 years volunteer took part in the research. They were randomly divided into two groups (Control: n=9, Exercise: n=9). At first and after 8 weeks lipid profiles and anthropometric variables were measured. Then the  experimental group started exercise program that consisted of 30 minutes walk with intensity of %50- %75 of maximal heart rate. There were 3 sessions in a week for 2 months. The data were analysed by unpaired- t-test at the level of p<0.05.
Result: The results of this study showed that walking exercise positively changed diabetic risk factors variables in obese women (p<0.05).
Conclusion: This study demonstrated that diabetic risk factor can be reduced by a program of regular physical activity in young obese women.



http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/smj2.v13i4.67514
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