Managing Type II Diabetes Control With Varied Pace Walking

It is well accepted that walking can improve diabetic control and support weight loss…which also improves insulin sensitivity and diabetic control. A recent study published in the electronic format of Diabetologia found that walking at alternating levels of intensity improves insulin sensitivity in type II diabetes. This was found to be better than walking at a constant pace whilst expending the same amount of energy. Consequently, new exercise prescriptions may favour exercising at various intensities rather than a constant training volume and constant intensity. The utilisation of glucose (aka glucose disposal) appears to be better when walking intensity is varied, and the researchers believe that high training volume alone is not enough to induce metabolic shifts to the extent of intermittent intensity walking. The researchers believe that the improved blood sugar control seen in diabetics who perform varied intensity walking is in part due to the increased sensitivity (49.8% increase in the insulin- sensitivity index, P value <0.001), and increased peripheral glucose disposal (by 14.5% P value <0.05). So interval training may well be the way forward in diabetic control, but diabetes is very subjective with everybody responding differently. Consequently, when embarking on a training regime with diabetes be sure to consult your Doctor or Diabetic Nurse prior to commencing.



Medscape, (2014). Varying Walking Intensity Improves Type 2 Diabetes Control. Retrieved 7th August, 2014, from Discount Supplements

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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