We all know that physical exercise offered health benefits. Yet is it as simple as one size fits all? Dr Mackenzie’ research team have shown that some forms of exercise are better than others at reducing the risk of diabetes. The study published in the Clinical Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism last year [103(4): 1479-1490] compared the effects of high intensity exercise (or HIT) and traditional low intensity exercise.
This research showed that HIT reduced blood sugar levels to a greater extent than the more traditional low intensity exercise in overweight volunteers at risk of type 2 diabetes. Using the sophisticated techniques available in Dr Mackenzie’s Metabolic Testing Laboratory at RRMG, this work found that not only did the volunteers improve the way their body handled and stored the sugar they consumed, it also decrease the amount of sugar their bodies make: a key issue in the development from pre-diabetes to clinical type 2 diabetes.
This study also studied the molecular responses to exercise in muscle and found that HIT also increased the activity of the processes involved in how insulin works. This work has very clear clinical applications as we try and slow the increase in obesity and type 2 diabetes that plague our society.
A full copy of the paper can be found free online here: https://doi.org/10.1210/jc.2017-02019
by Dr Richard Mackenzie
RRMG Metabolic Medicine
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