Should you be doing high-intensity exercise if you have insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes?


High-intensity exercise (sprints/burst training/circuits) can work to improve insulin sensitivity, which can help with glucose control and inevitably allow you to utilize carbohydrates better.

How? During a HIIT sessions, blood glucose from glycogen breakdown is elevated for fuel (HIIT uses a different energy system compared to LISS – aerobic/anaerobic), which will result in a decline in blood glucose during the HIIT session.

Since you are basically going at your max, you will also be having a lot more muscle contractions compared to low intensity exercise, which will stimulate the glucose shuttle transporters (GLUT4 translocaters) to take up glucose into the working muscle.

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