Football training improves metabolic and cardiovascular health status in 55- to 70-year-old women and men with prediabetes

M. B. Skoradal, P. Weihe, P. Patursson, J. Mortensen, L. Connolly, P. Krustrup, M. Mohr*

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Abstract

We examined the effects of 16 weeks of football training and dietary advice on blood glucose control and health status in 55- to 70-year-old women and men with prediabetes. Fifty participants with prediabetes (age; 61 ± 6 years, BMI; 29.6 ± 4.7; VO2max 22.3 ± 5.7 mL·min-1·kg-1) were randomized into a football and dietary advice group (F+D; n = 27) and a dietary advice group (D; n = 23). F+D performed football training (twice weekly 30- to 60-minutes sessions) and received dietary advice, while D only received dietary advice. An oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) was completed pre and post the 16-week period. Body composition, blood pressure, and maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) were additionally measured. Both groups demonstrated a decrement (P < .05) in fasting blood glucose (-0.4 ± 0.5 mmol·L-1) and lowered blood glucose throughout OGTT. F+D displayed lower values than D (P < .05) after 60 minutes (9.0 ± 2.7 vs 10.6 ± 2.9 mmol·L-1) and 120 minutes (5.7 ± 1.6 vs 7.5 ± 2.4 mmol·L-1). VO2max increased by 14% in F+D, with a higher (P < .05) change score than in D (2%). Mean arterial pressure declined more (P < .05) in F+D than in D (-8 ± 9 vs -4 ± 11 mm Hg). Fat loss was greater (P < .05) in F+D than in D (-3.4 ± 2.8 vs -1.2 ± 2.0 kg), and the increase in lean body mass was also greater (P < .05) in F+D than in D (0.7 ± 1.5 vs -0.3 ± 1.6 kg). In conclusion, football training combined with dietary advice has broad-spectrum effects on metabolic and cardiovascular health profile with greater overall effects than professional dietary advice per se for 55- to 70-year-old women and men with prediabetes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
Volume28
Issue numberSupplement 1
Pages (from-to)42-51
ISSN0905-7188
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018

Keywords

  • Blood pressure
  • Cardiometabolic fitness
  • Cholesterol
  • Fat percentage
  • Soccer
  • VO
  • blood pressure
  • soccer
  • fat percentage
  • cholesterol
  • cardiometabolic fitness
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Composition
  • Prediabetic State/therapy
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Health Promotion
  • Cardiorespiratory Fitness
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Blood Glucose
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Diet
  • Denmark
  • Aged

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