Dr. Michael Mosley believes that ‘exercise snacking’ is the best type of exercise for people with type 2 diabetes.
DR. MICHAEL MOSLEY suggests ‘exercise snacking’ to help control and prevent type 2 diabetes by improving blood glucose levels.
But, specifically, what is it?
The former doctor investigated the benefits of exercise snacking on his BBC Radio 4 podcast Just One Thing, particularly how it can help with type 2 diabetes.
Exercise snacking is a relatively new concept that involves breaking up daily exercise into short bursts of up to 30 minutes.
“When you ask people if they exercise, one of the most common excuses they give is that they don’t have time,” Mosley said.
“Many of us do not meet the UK physical activity guidelines, and finding two and a half hours of exercise per week can be difficult.”
“And it got worse during the pandemic.
According to one study, our step count dropped by half.
“However, the good news is that we don’t have to do everything in one long session.”
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“It may even be better to do little and often.”
Researchers compared the effects of half an hour of moderately intense walking before dinner to six minutes of intense walking, broken up into one minute chunks, in a small study of people with type 2 diabetes.
“The exercise snackers reduced their blood sugar levels after eating not only that day, but also for the next 24 hours,” Mosley explained.
“Neither did the half-hour walkers.”
Dr. Marie Murphy, an Ulster University professor of sport and exercise science, explained to Mosley why this type of exercise could help people with type 2 diabetes.
“Exercise requires energy, and glucose is a common source of energy,” she explained.
“When you contract your muscles, you activate enzymes on the muscle membrane that allow glucose to move from the blood into the muscle and be used up.
“Getting some of our big muscles active, particularly our quads and glutes, so things like squats and brisk walks, climbing the stairs, those are getting the big muscles active, and that puts a demand on our glucose, our blood glucose, and it helps us to regulate it.”
“And that mechanism aids in blood sugar control and, in the long run, probably aids in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.”
Murphy advises that you get some exercise.
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