Wii games help control diabetes
There's more scientific evidence that computer games can be good for your health. A new study published in BMC Endocrine Disorders concludes that active computer games can help diabetics regulate blood sugar levels and lose weight.
Researchers from the West German Centre for Diabetes and Health had 220 diabetic participants play Nintendo's Wii Fit Plus for 30 minutes a day for three months. The result is that they improved their overall blood sugar levels, also known as HbA1c, and lost weight. The participants also said their well-being and quality of life improved.
Exercise is encouraged for diabetics because it aids the body in using insulin more efficiently, as well as helping people maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Active computer games are an alternative to other traditional exercises, but it may be difficult for people to make the necessary level of commitment. The study noted that one third of the participants dropped out of the trial.
The researchers also said further studies are needed to determine the long-term benefits of active computer games compared to other fitness routines. While exercise does help diabetes, proper medication and monitoring, with the oversight of a medical professional, is also critical to controlling the disease.