Exercising less than daily may still help patients with type 2 diabetes

Reuters reports that, according to a study published in Diabetes Care, men with type 2 diabetes who exercised for an hour every other day also had lowered blood sugar levels compared to men who exercised every day for 30 minutes. Dutch researchers found that exercising for an hour every two days lowered blood sugar as much as daily 30-minute workouts in a group of 30 men with type 2 diabetes.

Exercise is considered a cornerstone of diabetes treatment and just a single bout of physical activity is known to have profound effects on blood sugar levels.

But the number of times a week to exercise for the best results is unclear.

“Our findings suggest that frequent short bouts of moderate exercise can be substituted for less frequent exercise bouts of a longer duration in people with type 2 diabetes, or vice versa,” Luc J.C. van Loon of the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands told Reuters Health by email.

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