An exciting new study has found type 2 diabetes can be reversed in six weeks by doing just 15 minutes of exercise three times a week.
Researchers at the University of Glasgow conducted the study in which 10 overweight male participants were recruited to test the results.
The men had to undergo a series of training sessions which included a set of nine standard resistance exercises like leg presses. The results showed participants' insulin sensitivity increased by 16 percent and the size and strength of their muscles also increased. This is the first study to show that simple exercises done in just a few minutes can increase insulin sensitivity.
While none of the participants was suffering from diabetes, researchers believe the find will benefit diabetes patients because 90% of the people who develop it are obese or overweight.
Previous research has found a 45-minute workout can have the same effect. However, researchers are excited about the new find because people are more inclined to do short, intense resistance training sessions that will have a big impact on their health.
“Importantly, the exercise protocol in present study where participants performed a single set to volitional failure [too tired to continue] for each exercise, with the sessions lasting 15 to 20 minutes, involved a much smaller time-commitment than the majority of previous resistance training interventions which generally involved multiple [two to four] sets of exercise for each muscle group,” the study authors told a news portal.
Experts say the number of people that will be diagnosed with the condition is on the rise. However, despite those rates increasing, there have been efforts to raise public awareness about the condition and how to make lifestyle changes to avoid it.