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The Most Effective Forms of Exercise for Diabetes: Strength Training and High-Intensity Exercise

Apr 17, 2019

Type 2 diabetes arises from faulty leptin and insulin signaling and resistance, both of which are directly related to lack of exercise and a diet high in starchy carbohydrates or sugar

When it comes to exercise for diabetic control, though, two types have been found to be the most effective, namely high-intensity exercise and strength training, although any form of physical activity will have some degree of beneficial impact

Recent research found a link between muscular strength and Type 2 diabetes incidence. Participants with midlevel muscular strength had a 32 percent lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared to those with lower levels of muscular strength

High-intensity interval training has also been shown to effectively reduce your risk for diabetes. In one study, older overweight Type 2 diabetics improved their glucose regulation in just six HIIT sessions done over the course of two weeks

Equally, if not more, important is daily non-exercise movement, as sitting shuts down or blocks a number of insulin-mediated systems, including muscular and cellular systems that process blood sugar, triglycerides and cholesterol. Simply standing up activates all of these systems at the molecular level


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