Medical Study Shows Wii Fit Can Help Control Diabetes

Posted by at 8:18 am on December 11, 2013

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A  new study has shown that Wii Fit could help diabetic patients control their illness. In a controlled trial that was done over 12 weeks participants were divided into an intervention group and a control group. “The intervention group was provided with a Wii console, a balance board and the exercise game Wii Fit Plus” while the control group was simply left under routine care. Before the study and at the end of 12 weeks both groups were tested for several perimeters and compared.

The participants in the intervention group (the ones given Wii Fit) significantly improved HbA1c in comparison to the control group and also showed significantly reduced fasting blood glucose and body mass index along with increased levels of daily physical activity. The study also suggested that of those that used Wii Fit “diabetes-dependent impairment, mental health, subjective well-being and quality of life also improved significantly, and the number of patients with depression decreased.”

The study was conducted using Wii Fit Plus for the Wii, but presumably playing Wii Fit U over the same period of time would yield similar results.

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