CrossFit is not only beneficial for weight loss, but also helps manage diabetes | fitness

CrossFit has seen huge popularity recently. Right from celebrities like Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba and Brad Pitt, to regular folks who just want to get fit, CrossFit has been their go-to workout routine. Apart from the obvious benefit of fitness, there are more reasons to CrossFit.

According to a study conducted by The Physiological Society, a six-week CrossFit exercise programme can lead to improved control of blood sugar levels and decreased risk of heart disease in people with Type II diabetes. People with Type II diabetes are advised to exercise regularly, however because of their lifestyle they are not able to. People with Type II diabetes are at significantly higher risk of heart disease. Thus, a primary focus for managing diabetes is exercise, as it has been shown to improve the body’s ability to control sugar levels by making the body more sensitive to the insulin produced.

However, adherence to exercise advice is particularly low among those with Type II diabetes, who are mostly overweight or obese, with lack of time being cited as one of the greatest barriers to regular exercise. This new research suggested that a high-intensity exercise programme such as CrossFit improves the ability of the body to control blood sugar levels by reducing the amount of insulin required.

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