A clinical trial has indicated that the Wii Fit gaming console can help people with type-2 diabetes to control their blood sugar levels.
The study published in the journal BMC Endocrine Disorders included 220 diabetic patients who trialled Nintendo's Wii Fit Plus for half an hour a day over a three month period.
A third of their study participants dropped out of the trial whilst it was was still running, but those who did persevere saw significant improvements in a measure of blood sugar control called HbA1c. Furthermore, these participants reported improvements in their well being and quality of life.
Professor Stephan Martin and colleagues from the West German Centre for Diabetes and Health, who carried out the study, say exercise computer games offer an alternative way to get people physically active. They believe that exercise enables the body to use insulin more efficiently as well as to stay generally fit and keep a healthy weight.
Dr Richard Elliott, of Diabetes UK, said: "Physical activity and a healthy balanced diet, along with taking doctor-prescribed medications if necessary, can help people with type-2 diabetes to control their condition and minimise their risk of diabetes related complications over time.”
"Computer games that promote a healthy lifestyle might be one way to achieve this, but different forms of physical activity might work better for different people. Further research will be needed to identify the long-term effects of such games compared to other approaches."
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