Six-week CrossFit programme could improve insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes

A six-week CrossFit exercise programme led to improved insulin sensitivity and reduced heart disease risk in adults with type 2 diabetes, a study reveals.CrossFit is a high-intensity endurance and strength training intervention – sessions range between 8-20 minutes – which has expanded in popularity in recent years.

Previous research has shown CrossFit helped strengthen beta cell function in people with type 2 diabetes, and these new findings indicate additional benefits.

A small cohort of 13 overweight or obese people with type 2 diabetes participated in the six-week programme, where their blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity were assessed before and after the trial. Blood pressure and blood chemistries were also examined to predict heart disease risk.

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