Bursts of exercise could help diabetics

Bursts of high-intensity exercise could help diabetes patients manage low blood sugar levels, Dundee University scientists have found.

Bursts of exercise could help diabetes patients manage low blood sugar levels. Picture: Getty Images
Bursts of exercise could help diabetes patients manage low blood sugar levels. Picture: Getty Images

A quarter of people with type-1 diabetes eventually lose the ability to recognise when their blood sugar levels are low, which can lead to them losing consciousness.

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Research presented at the Society for Endocrinology conference in Edinburgh today found that rats exposed to high intensity exercise over a four-week period had the quickest response to hypoglycaemia than ones who did low intensity exercise or none at all.

Lead author Alison McNeilly said: “While there are no treatments available for the management of hypoglycaemia unawareness, our breakthrough could represent a non-drug based treatment for this seriously debilitating and potentially deadly condition.”