Interval Exercise Is 'More Effective' For Type 2 Diabetes

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) - which includes short bursts of exercise for a more time-efficient workout, is a realistic way to prevent, delay and manage type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

Interval training allows the body to improve its insulin response and is also an effective tool for weight loss, researchers reported in the journal Obesity Reviews.

As an alternative to spending hours at the gym, HIIT "may therefore be suitable as an alternative to continuous exercise training in the promotion of metabolic health and weight loss, particularly in those with Type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome," said study author Charlotte Jelleyman.

Current guidelines

Guidelines for weight loss currently suggest that 200-300 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise per week will do the trick, yet only about 5 percent of people in most industrialized countries reach this amount.

HIIT may not only be a good alternative to continuous training, it may even be better in terms of the cardiometabolic health benefits and the positive impact it has on insulin resistance, the study found.

More research is needed, the authors concluded, to determine how the benefits of HIIT last over time.

Source: University of Leicester

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