Hispanic/Latino adults have much higher rates of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes compared to non-Hispanic whites. As a result, it is important to target Hispanic/Latino populations with diabetes prevention programs. However, Hispanic/Latino participation in lifestyle and prevention programs tends to be low. Researchers are now looking at ways to make these programs more fun by including soccer as part of a diabetes prevention program. In this study, among overweight Hispanic/Latino men with prediabetes, trained soccer coaches led 30-minute weekly discussions on diabetes prevention after playing soccer (“the beautiful game”). After 24 weeks, there were improvements in participants’ fitness levels, lower limb muscular power, and ability to do push-ups and sit-ups. This new approach of lifestyle education with soccer could be very helpful in the prevention of type 2 diabetes for middle-aged Hispanic/Latino men and other at-risk adults.
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