Aerobic circuit exercise training: Effect on adolescents with well- controlled insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus

Patricia E. Mosher, Mark S. Nash, Arlette C. Perry, Arthur R. LaPerriere, Ronald B. Goldberg

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Objectives: To test the safety and effects of exercise conditioning on cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, muscle strength, glucose regulation, and lipid/cholesterol levels. Subjects: Ten male adolescents with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) and 10 adolescent nondiabetic (ND) subjects. Design: Pretest, posttest intervention trial with control group. Setting: University-based human performance laboratory. Intervention: Mixed endurance and calisthenic/strength activities performed at a rapid pace three times weekly for 12 weeks. Results: Only one subject with IDDM experienced hypoglycemia after a single exercise session. Both subject groups improved their cardiorespiratory endurance (p < .05). Lean body mass of IDDM subjects increased by 3.5% (p < .05). Subjects with and without IDDM lowered their percent body fat (p < .05 and .001, respectively). Strength improvement of IDDM subjects ranged from 13.7% (p < .001) to 44.4% (p < .01), depending upon the maneuver. Fasting blood plasma glucose for all subjects was unchanged by training, but glycosylated hemoglobin A(1c) of IDDM subjects was reduced by .96 percentage point (p < .05). Reductions of HbA(1c) benefitted subjects exhibiting poor preconditioning glycemic control. Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol was decreased in subjects with IDDM (p < .05), but not total cholesterol or triglycerides. Conclusion: Adolescents with IDDM undergoing aerobic circuit training improve their cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle strength, lipid profile, and glucose regulation. Aerobic circuit training is safe for properly trained and monitored adolescent diabetics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)652-657
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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