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Study links playing soccer to positive health benefits in diabetes

Researchers found that patients at high risk for type 2 diabetes who completed a 16-week program of two weekly soccer sessions and dietary advice lost more than 2 kg of body fat and built up their muscle mass by 1 kg, compared with those who only received healthy eating guidance. The findings in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, based on 50 adults aged 55 to 70, showed that playing soccer could help reduce cardiovascular disease risk by 50% if participants continued their training and diet regimes.

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