Thursday, June 25, 2009

High Intensity Exercise Bursts = Truly Effective in controlling blood sugar

I Dr.Desert Flower mentions this study to me, about 2 months ago, where some Scottish Scientists studied the efficacy of high intensity exercise bursts, for just a few minutes a day, helping sedentary patients to regulate blood sugar. At the time, I was like "yeah, but I already exercise or do yoga nearly everyday for at least a 1/2 hour, so what?" The 2009 published Scottish study built upon a 2003 Mayo Clinic study.

Well, this week, since it is now truly "summer" I started working out in the 110F garage, and found it intensely hot - like a bath room air blowing hand dyer hot, so I brought my curling weights inside, to my office, and twice yesterday and twice today, did about 2 minutes of intense exercise with the weights, as well as my usual biking / swimming / yoga. My blood sugar went from 125 on Monday to 97 mg/DL today, 3 hours after lunch (my daily control check). Even better than the Scottish study! Very cool. [And this includes splurging on a lil Trader Joe's Mango Sorbet last night - yum!]

Those dern scientists! We all need to listen to them more when they are trying to help us! =)


  1. Do you take your fasting glood sugar level in the morning ever?

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  2. Yes, and that's the only time of the day that my glucose levels are not optimal, starting at 130 and ranging higher, depending on what I ate or drank the night before. The positive news is that I can now drive it lower with high energy bursts, throughout the morning.

  3. That's odd that your bg is higher at fasting and lower post-lunch. Intermittent fasting, as well as, of course, low-carb, is supposed to help keep low blood glucose levels, too.

  4. Another high-intensity enthusiast with a well-reviewed book: body by science.


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