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Short periods of high-intensity workouts effective for controlling diabetes

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Short periods of high-intensity workouts effective for controlling diabetes   Regular exercise is known to be one of the most effective ways for individuals with diabetes to have healthier blood tests measuring glucose levels. However, many people have a hard time hitting recommendations for weekly physical activity.

To solve this problem, a team of researchers McMaster University tested the effectiveness of exercising for shorter periods of time at higher intensity levels. The results showed that individuals who exercised for 75 minutes at a high intensity level had significantly improved fitness capacity and blood sugar levels.

The American Diabetes Association recommends that individuals exercise for 150 minutes per week. But this can be a relatively burdensome total amount of time. The researchers showed that half that amount of exercise time may be sufficient, as long as the physical activity is of a more vigorous nature.

"Given that the majority of individuals with and without type 2 diabetes do not accumulate sufficient exercise to achieve health benefits, and the most common cited barrier to regular exercise is a lack of time, our results suggest that low-volume high-intensity training may be a viable, time-efficient strategy to improve health in patients with type 2 diabetes," the researchers said.
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