Diabetics may benefit quickly from high intensity interval training


2017-04-09 11:14
Staying in shape

Researchers say that there is a quick improvement in the glucose metabolism of diabetics with high intensity interval training.

Diabetes is a serious disease which undermines the quality of life of sufferers and often leads to premature death. This illness is becoming more and more widespread due to sedentary lifestyles and poor diets. Exercise generally helps this condition.

Glucose metabolism in diabetics is quickly improved with high intensity interval training

The University of Turku reports that glucose metabolism in diabetics is quickly improved with high intensity interval training. In type 2 diabetes there are increases in glucose metabolism in muscles and insulin sensitivity with high intensity interval training, according to researchers.

This research was lead by Senior Research Fellow Kari Kalliokoski and Project Manager Jarna Hannukainen at the University of Turku. They studied the impact on health of high intensity interval training on people who are healthy and on diabetics. The main benefit of the positive impact on metabolism is primarily that it takes less time according to Doctoral Candidate Tanja Sjöros.

For people who do not have a lot of extra time high intensity interval training could offer a good alternative to traditional training

After both the high-intensity training and the moderate intensity continuous training glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity were improved in a similar way over a longer period of time. However during the two week training period the group that did moderate intensity training had just 50 percent of the improvement which was experienced by the high intensity interval training group. For people who do not have a lot of extra time high intensity interval training could offer a good alternative to traditional training which requires more time but is less intense.

The study highlights the benefits of exercise on glucose metabolism, particularly in diabetics and in people who suffer from disturbances in the metabolism of glucose. Previous research has shown exercise lowers blood sugar as much as medication for diabetes.Exercise is therefore a vital part of treatment and prevention of diabetes.

It is suggested that diabetics consult with their doctor prior to beginning a new exercise program

It is however suggested that diabetics consult with their doctor prior to beginning a new exercise program. It is possible as the amount of exercise increases significantly the diabetes medication may have to be checked. Other possible illnesses also have to be kept in mind when a new exercise program is planned.

This study has been published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. Researchers have highlighted the underused potential of exercise to rapidly restore impaired glucose metabolism of diabetics. Exercise offers a fun way for diabetics to control glucose metabolism and with high intensity training this can be done quickly.