If you are at risk of developing type-2 diabetes, this type of workout is for you!

A new study suggests that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is an efficient, effective way of cutting people’s risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

This is regardless of their level of insulin resistance.

What is insulin resistance?

Higher insulin resistance is a key warning sign for diabetes. It means the body starts failing to respond to insulin, a hormone which helps our bodies process glucose in muscles and liver. This failure causes diabetes.

To stop this happening, patients with risk factors like known high insulin resistance are often asked to increase their physical activity, but exercising doesn’t work equally well for everyone.

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What is HIIT?

High-intensity interval training (HIIT), a more recent alternative to traditional exercise programmes, is more time-efficient. It is an exercising technique in which intense bursts of exercise are followed by short recovery periods. HIIT training increases your heart rate and burns more fat in less time.

Women studied

Forty sedentary adult women at risk for type-2 diabetes mellitus underwent a 10-week programme of HIIT, alongside close monitoring of their cardiometabolic health.

The women were divided into two groups based on their level of insulin resistance, and the differences between their responses to the exercise programme were compared. Generally, the HIIT programme brought about positive changes in cardiometabolic health metrics.

More women in the higher-risk group saw benefits from the exercise programme, particularly when it came to their blood pressure and the levels of glucose and insulin found in their blood. Women in both groups lost weight and body fat during the exercise programme.

Source: Frontiers via www.sciencedaily.com

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