Researchers at the University of Bath claim that performing short cycle sprints three times a week could be enough to prevent and possibly treat Type 2 diabetes.
Very intense sprint training is known to improve insulin sensitivity, but whether the same result could be achieved by making the exercise sessions easier and shorter has not been previously investigated.
Although the researchers saw a 28% improvement in insulin function, the study was based on a very small sample, and the results should be treated with caution.
Short bursts of exercise is not a quick fix
Dr Iain Frame, Director of Research at Diabetes UK said, “On no account should these results be seen as a quick fix to prevent or ‘cure’ Type 2 diabetes. There is no cure and it is unrealistic that such minimal levels of exercise could have any positive impact on helping people to reduce their risk of developing the condition.
“Diabetes UK recommends that people should follow a healthy, balanced diet and exercise for 30 minutes at least five times a week to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
“This study was based on a very small number of people, without diabetes or those at high risk. The authors also admit that this type of short, intense exercise is not suitable for weight loss, which is a widely approved method to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.”