A new study published in the American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism has found that doing short bursts of high-intensity fitness training may boost the beta-cell function of adults who have type 2 diabetes. (Beta cells produce, store and secrete insulin, which enables your body to use sugar for energy.)
The 12 adults who participated in the study completed 3 exercise sessions a week, over a period of 6 weeks. Each session involved functional high-intensity training (F-HIT), such as gymnastics, weight lifting and aerobic exercises. At the end of the 6 weeks, the results showed significant increases in beta-cell and liver function, exercise capacity, and weight loss. "Adults with (type 2 diabetes) may find it difficult to adhere to a strict exercise regimen, citing 'lack of time' as one of the primary barriers," said researchers from the Cleveland Lerner Clinic Research Institute. "F-HIT programs [...] may address this barrier by providing structure, supervision and accountability, with a minimal time commitment." The researchers concluded that, "here we show that exercise at high intensity for as little as 10 to 20 minutes per day, three days a week for six weeks improves beta-cell function in adults with [type 2 diabetes]," the researchers wrote.
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