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Higher intensity workouts associated with improved glucose
Philadelphia, March 3, 2015 -- Patients at risk
for diabetes or heart disease may want to choose their workout
intensity based on health goals, according to an article
published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
Exercise has been shown to reduce obesity and related glucose
tolerance, but whether increasing exercise intensity improves
outcomes has not been determined. Researchers studied 300
abdominally obese adults to determine the separate effects of
exercise amount and intensity on abdominal obesity and glucose
tolerance. Participants were randomly assigned to perform either
short, high intensity workouts or long, lower intensity workouts
five times a week. All participants were instructed to eat a
healthy diet during the study but did not reduce their caloric
intake. After 24 weeks, all participants experienced similar
reductions in waist circumference, but only participants in the
high intensity exercise group experienced reduction in two-hour
According to lead study author, Robert Ross, PhD, of the School
of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen's University in
Kingston, Ontario, the results show a clear benefit to higher
intensity workouts for those who wish to reduce glucose levels.
For those who may think that high intensity workouts are too
difficult, Dr. Ross has good news. "Higher intensity can be
achieved simply by increasing the incline while walking on a
treadmill or walking at a brisker pace," he said. "Participants
were surprised by how easy it was for them to attain a high
intensity exercise level."
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