High Intensity Exercise Improves Glucose Control In Type-2 Diabetics

One of the most effective ways for type-2 diabetics to improve glucose control is through endurance training. Unfortunately the time commitment required for this type of exercise is often too much for diabetics. Interestingly, a new study, published last month in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism has found that short duration high intensity physical activity may be just as effective as longer duration endurance exercise in improving glycemic control in type-2 diabetic patients.

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Regular Exercise Cuts Type-2 Diabetes Risk

Regular physical exercise can lead to massive reductions in type-2 diabetes risk according to a number of scientific studies.

One of the largest studies on the impact of exercise on type-2 diabetes risk was conducted in 1992 by researchers from the Department of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. The researchers used data from the Physicians’ Health Study which involved 21,2171 male physicians from the United States aged between 40 and 84 who were followed for five years.

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Exercise Improves Insulin Secretion & Sensitivity In The Elderly

A new study, presented in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, has found that elderly people with either diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance (a precursor to diabetes) , dramatically improved their sensitivity to insulin after just one week of light aerobic exercise.

The research, conducted at the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, involved 12 elderly people with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) performing an hour of supervised aerobic exercise for a period of 7 days.

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Weight Training May Help Prevent Diabetes

A dumbbellResistance training may be more effective at preventing obesity and diabetes than previously thought according to a recent study conducted at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).

Researchers engineered mice that could be made to grow type-2 muscle on demand by switching on a gene called Atk1 that regulates type-2 muscle development. In humans type-2 muscle is developed predominately through weight training and explosive exercise such as sprinting and is known as “fast twitch” muscle.

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