High Intensity Interval Training: Good for Pre-Diabetic and Type 2 Diabetics

…in mice.  That said, there’s an increasing number of studies on high intensity interval training (HIIT) showing good things.


  • High-intensity interval training (HIIT) improves exercise capacity and whole-body glucose homeostasis.
  • HIIT enhances liver and adipose tissue insulin sensitivity independent of body weight and adiposity.
  • HIIT does not change adipose tissue cell size, macrophage infiltration, inflammation and liver lipid content.
  • HIIT exercise training improves insulin sensitivity independently of the AMPK-ACC signaling pathway.

Source: High intensity interval training improves liver and adipose tissue insulin sensitivity

If you are diabetic or nearing it, this article means that this kind of training would be greatly beneficial to you in particular.  HIIT can be adapted to the individual’s level of fitness just like any type of training regimen. It’s all about monitoring the heart rate really and adjusting the workout accordingly.  Weight training also has the same effect on reducing insulin resistance, and is more effective than endurance training.

Many people internalize type 2 diabetes as having a lack of insulin; I think it better described as having an overabundance of insulin resistance.