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Wii Fit Plus Helps Diabetics Control Blood Sugar

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Posted in Games on 17th Dec, 2013 04:14 AM by AlexMuller

As you might already know, playing Wii Fit is a funny thing. It feels kind of like cheating, because aren’t I supposed to be grunting it out at the gym or something?but it is also genuinely fatiguing. Now a new study suggests it’s no cop-out.

 

In a randomized controlled trial, older adults with type 2 diabetes had better controlled blood sugar after playing Wii Fit Plus for half an hour a day, every day, for 12 weeks.

 
They also lost some weight, a little more than a kilogram, on average,and lowered their body mass indices slightly. Their blood sugar level reductions were on par with study participants who received the “standard care” doctors normally give people with diabetes, the U.K.’s National Health Service reports.
 
This is encouraging because getting set up to play Wii Fit Plus is cheaper than other forms of diabetes care, National Health Service reports. Plus, I’m guessing there’s little danger of negative side effects. One major drawback of the study is that people had trouble following the routine, which may have biased the results, for example if the dropouts left because they weren’t seeing any good effects. Out of the 220 volunteers researchers recruited for the study, one-third eventually dropped out, the BBC reports.
 
The National Health Service has a good breakdown of the study, which is one of the first to so rigorously examine the health benefits of active video games. The bottom line is that there’s evidence playing Wii Fit Plus daily can help those with type 2 diabetes, though it’s not exactly a proven treatment yet.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
+2
It is good to try all kind if things to help diseases such as diabetes. While using games as a an activity is fine, however doing " real world" proven activities and being in contact with nature should be the main target
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
+2
I agree. Perhaps doing more exercise in general would help. They are basically saying that physical exercise is good for you.
 The Wii is marketed as the computer game to help you exercise, however, you don't need a console to exercise Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
+0
We should accept that the exercise computer games offer an alternative way to get people physically active - good thing to have a choice Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
+1
What this study also shows is that getting people to stick at doing the game is hard, despite the benefit- a third of their study participants dropped out of the trial Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
+0
This is disappointing. To make physical activity part of your daily routine it's important to find an approach that works for you and is enjoyable, as this will make it easier to keep active in the long run. The hope was that this "game" will do it Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
+2
Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the world today. Most health experts agree that we are facing a huge increase in the number of people with diabetes. Anything that helps is welcome Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-17
+0
Our lifestyle is one major cause of health problems and educating people to change and prevent this continue is the priority Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
+0
Hi there Stephen Elliot. I just got a letter dated 1/19/12 from Lorelie Lee in an envelope from you. I have no idea whoveaster how I got on your list. But I’ll write Lorelie again (a real letter, even), because it was pretty fucking brave of her to write that. Reply


 

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