Type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health problems such as nerve damage, kidney problems and cardiovascular disease if left untreated. Therefore, it is important to take appropriate measures to prevent development. Some simple lifestyle changes can help to control blood sugar levels depending on the causes. One of the causes is lack of exercise, which can lead to obesity. It is recommended to be more active to prevent type 2 diabetes – but which exercise is most effective?
A study by the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark has found that HIIT can play a role in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes by keeping blood sugar levels in a healthy range.
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and is a form of interval training in which short anaerobic intensive exercises with less intense recovery periods are alternative.
Coach Zana Morris showed the other benefits of HIIT.
She told Waitrose & Partners magazine, "The short workout pauses in High Intensity Training make it easy to integrate training into a busy week, but the benefits do not stop there.
"This is also one of the fastest ways to increase strength and endurance while building lean body mass and burning fat.
"A study by McMaster University researchers in Canada found that three 20-minute intensive interval training sessions per week (at 85 percent of maximum heart rate) offer the same benefits as two-week, ten-hour training.
"High-intensity workouts cause massive disruption in the muscle fibers. This increases the metabolic rate for two to 24 hours after exercise.
"It means your body burns a little more fat when you rest."
Losing weight, especially if you are overweight, will make it easier for your body to lower your blood sugar levels and improve your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, says the NHS.
A poor diet can also lead to the development of type 2 diabetes. If you can not eat under this condition, the health body recommends restricting certain foods.
It advises: "Eat a wide variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables and some starchy foods like pasta.
"Keep sugar, fat and salt to a minimum.
"Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every day – do not skip meals."
A recent study has shown that consumption of a single egg daily correlates with a blood metabolite profile associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
The study, conducted by the University of Eastern Finland, found that blood samples from men who ate more eggs contained certain lipid molecules that correlated positively with the blood profile of men who were free of type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Sarah Brewer, in collaboration with CuraLin, a type 2 diabetes supplement, explained the effects of diabetes on your life and other ways to control your blood sugar levels.