family cycling, keeping fit

family cycling, keeping fit

Ever wondered why is it that someone who walks 30 minutes every other day and loses 15 pounds is able to significantly reduce their Hba1c, whereas another person who reports to exercising twice as much is unable to achieve the same success?

A recent study study maybe able to answer this question by showing that certain genes might prevent regular exercise from improving blood sugar control in up to a fifth of people with type 2 diabetes.

In a new study, a group led by Lauren Marie Sparks of Florida Hospital and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in Orlando examined clinical trials that looked at the effects of exercise among people with type 2 diabetes. They also looked at genetic research on the topic and research done in animals.

Their analysis revealed that in 15 percent to 20 percent of people with type 2 diabetes, exercise did not lead to improvement in blood sugar control, insulin sensitivity, or their body’s ability to burn fat.

The animal and genetic studies suggest that this “resistance to exercise” among people with type 2 diabetes is genetic and can be handed down through generations, according to findings published Nov. 20 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Since obesity and lack of physical activity are two key risk factors for type 2 diabetes, physicians frequently recommend exercise and other lifestyle interventions to prevent or manage the disease. Most people benefit from an exercise regimen, but our research indicates that a significant minority of individuals with type 2 diabetes do not experience the same improvements in metabolism due to their genes.

Researchers have stated that more research is needed to determine which people with or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes will respond to an exercise program and which will not. With that information in hand, specific interventions and treatments can be targeted to the individuals who will benefit most and identify novel treatment approaches to help those who do not respond to exercise.


Diabetes Insight is Ireland’s only private independent advisory service and education centre dedicated and specializing solely in Diabetes Self Management Education (DSME). Its aim is to make a difference in the lives of those living daily with diabetes by providing quality education, advice, support and resources in a clear, simple, practical easy to understand manner without fear of judgement or blame. We respect and see each person with diabetes as an individual, with individual needs, so all our services are tailored to your specific needs. 

All our services are designed and facilitated by Helena Farrell RGN, MSc Diabetes who has over 15 years experience working and studying in diabetes management. These services are unique, from cookery courses to one day courses and are not to be found in any other health service or provider within the Republic of Ireland. 

Contact us today to see how we can help you and make a difference to you living with diabetes by ringing Helena on (086) 1739287 &/or email With services starting from as little as 20 euros, there is something to cater for every budget and need.