If you’re suffering Type 2 Diabetes or pre-diabetes, then for sure your doctor has told you to exercise.
Well, that may not be the right advice if researchers from from Maastricht University Medical Centre are right. They published their findings in the December 2017 edition of the journal Diabetologia.
Yes, you must move, but in a very specific way.
Some medical specialists believe diseases result from a lack of vigorous exercise, while others believe diseases stem from too much sedentary time.
If the latter is the case, medical authorities can prescribe regular walking, instead of a heavy exercise routine to stay healthy.
The Dutch researchers recruited 19 patients with type 2 diabetes, gave them all the same diet, and assigned them to one of three groups:
1. A sitting group that sat for 14 hours, stood up for one hour, and leisurely walked around for one hour per day (4,415 steps.)
2. An exercise group that leisurely walked 4,823 steps, moderately to vigorously cycled 1.1 hours, and sat for the rest of the day (also approximately 14 hours.)
3. A sit less group that stood up for three hours and walked leisurely for two hours (17,502 steps) by breaking up their sitting bouts every 30 minutes.
The exercise and sit less programs were designed to burn the same number of calories.
After four days of this, the groups swapped, until all three groups had done all three programs.
While both the exercise and sit less programs reduced their average glucose levels over a 24-hour period, the sit less program was more effective at countering their resistance to insulin.
As such, the sit less program may even be better than the exercise program.
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