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Timing Of Exercise By Type 2 Diabetics Is As Important As Frequency, Intensity

February 27, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
People have known for some time that more frequent, and more intense, physical activity can reduce levels of sugars and fats in the blood of type 2 diabetics, reducing heart disease risk. But U.S. researchers have now determined that people with type 2 diabetes get the most benefit when they work out after eating dinner. Study participants performed different types of resistance exercises (e.g., leg curls, seated calf raises, abdominal crunches) at different times during the day. The study showed that the exercises had the most powerful effect on reducing plasma glucose and fat levels when performed after dinner.
T. D. Heden et al., "Post-dinner resistance exercise improves postprandial risk factors more effectively than pre-dinner resistance exercise in patients with type 2 diabetes. ", Journal of Applied Physiology, February 27, 2015, © Journal of Applied Physiology
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