Effect of 8 weeks resistance training on renal function in type2 diabetic men

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Exercise physiology, Marvdasht branch, Islamic Azad University, Marvdasht, Iran


Introduction: Exercise is recommended for the management of type 2 diabetes, but its effects on diabetic nephropathy are still unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of 8 weeks resistance training on renal function in type2 diabetic men.
Material & Methods: Twenty two type 2 diabetic men (Age: 51.1 ± 10.1 years) participated in this study as the subject. The subject based on their fasting blood glucose were divided into control (n=12) or resistance training (RT) (n=10) group randomly. Subjects in RT group executed six resistance exercises selected to stress the major muscle groups in the following order: chest press, leg extension, shoulder press, leg curls, latissimus pull down and leg press. Resistance training consisted of 50-60 min of weight training per day, 3 days a week, for 8 weeks.
Results: The results indicated that fasting blood glucose was decreased in response to RT compare to the control group (p < 0.05). There was no meaningful difference in fasting insulin, insulin resistance and glomerular filtration rate (GFR) between control or RT group.
Conclusions: RT improves blood glycemia however further studies are needed to determine the effect of these training on renal function in patients with type 2 diabetes.