Exercise Increases Insulin Sensitivity in Diabetics
Research has shown increased insulin sensitivity in the extremities with as little as seven days of exercise. Aerobic exercise was known to help but it was unclear whether those gains were in the liver or the extremities.
Dr. Jason J. Winnick from the Department of Molecular Physiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, and colleagues at Ohio State University, Columbus, studied the effect of seven days of aerobic exercise for 18 obese adults that had type 2 diabetes. They were taken off their diabetes medications and given a balanced diet of 50% carbs, 30% fat, and 20% protein for 15 days.