Ideal time for diabetics to work out for better blood sugar control

A new Diabetology journal study discusses the associations of breaks in sedentary time and timing of physical activity with insulin resistance and liver fat content among a middle-aged population.

Ideal time for diabetics to work out for better blood sugar control
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A new Diabetology journal study discusses the associations of breaks in sedentary time and timing of physical activity with insulin resistance and liver fat content among a middle-aged population.

The current obesity pandemic is partially due to a sedentary lifestyle and lack of daily physical activity. In addition to obesity, sedentary behaviours can also increase the risk of cardiometabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

New research finds exercising in the afternoon or evening could better help control blood sugar than other physical activity performed throughout the day. The researchers found that compared to spreading activity throughout the day, exercising in the afternoon was linked to an 18 percent reduction in insulin resistance and doing so in the evening with a 25% reduction.

They also found that time spent doing moderate to vigorous physical activity reduced both liver fat content and insulin resistance. However, van der Velde and team found no significant difference in insulin resistance between morning activity and exercise spread evenly over the day.

van der Velde said he wasn’t surprised that afternoon or evening physical activity appears most beneficial, because previous studies performed in patients with diabetes showed most beneficial effects on glucose control were when high-intensity exercise was performed in the afternoon rather than in the morning.

The study, published November 1 in the journal Diabetologia concluded that exercising between noon and midnight could significantly decrease insulin resistance compared to activity earlier in the day.

New research found a link between exercising later in the day and a reduction in insulin resistance in obese or overweight people. Experts say that this doesn’t mean we should only exercise later in the day, because exercise is beneficial at any time. They also say that they still don’t know whether everyone will see the same benefits from evening exercise and more research is needed to find out.