Is 12 minutes of exercise all that is needed to fight diabetes?
A University of Queensland researcher is trialling a 12-minute
exercise plan that aims to fight type 2 diabetes in a flash.
UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition
Sciences expert Professor Jeff
Coombes said regular exercise was vital for the management of
diabetes, helping individuals with the condition to live a
"However, routine exercise is often difficult to fit into
people's everyday lives due to time constraints," Professor Coombes
"We have shown that as little as four minutes of aerobic
exercise is enough to improve factors such as cholesterol, blood
pressure, fitness and vascular function, and prevent fatal events
such as stroke and heart attack.
"We are now adding eight minutes of strength training to see if
this is also effective for people with type 2 diabetes."
The study is being conducted at UQ's St Lucia campus in
Brisbane, with participants undergoing free supervised treatments
three to four times per week for eight weeks with accredited
"We are assessing the health benefits of this exercise dose via
several tests that measure blood glucose, fitness, cholesterol,
body fat, and vascular function, which are all factors that
increase the risk of cardiovascular disease," Professor Coombes
"We are specifically targeting people who have been diagnosed
with type 2 diabetes and have low levels of physical activity or
"We are providing health services worth a total of about $5000
in this trial."
A limited number of places for the trial remain available.
More information is on the Exercise for Type 2
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