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Frequent – But Brief – Intense Workout Sessions Are Better At Controlling Blood Sugar

May 14, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
New Zealand scientists who conducted a clinical study among nine adults with insulin resistance found that several short bouts of exercise daily work better at controlling blood sugar levels than one longer daily workout. When first tested, participants showed extremely high blood sugar levels after eating, an indication of unhealthy insulin resistance, a precursor of diabetes. The participants tried different exercise routines: moderate for 30 minutes before dinner, and intense “snacking” workouts (12 minutes) before breakfast, lunch and dinner. Both types of workout improved blood sugar levels after eating, but the “snacking” pattern controlled blood sugar throughout the day, not just after meals. 
Gretchen Reynolds, "Exercise ‘Snacks’ to Control Blood Sugar", The New York Times , May 14, 2014, © The New York Times Company
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