Health: Getting to the gym late will boost your metabolism and help control blood sugar throughout the night
Risk of diabetes? Exercise in the EVENING! Going to the gym at night boosts your metabolism and makes it easier to control blood sugar during the night, study shows
- Experts from the Australian Catholic University studied the health of 24 men
- They were both inactive, overweight and at risk of developing type 2 diabetes
- They were fed a high-fat diet and exercised in the morning, in the evening, or not at all
- Regardless of when they trained, they were exercising at an elevated cardiorespiratory fitness
- Only those who exercised late had their glucose levels lowered during the night
Exercising in the early evening boosts your metabolism and makes it easier to control blood sugar during the night, a study found.
Experts led by Australian Catholic University studied the metabolic health of 24 inactive men who were at risk for type 2 diabetes and fed a high-fat diet.
Both morning and evening exercise were found to improve cardiorespiratory fitness, but only late-day exercise resulted in decreased glucose levels during the night.
According to lead researcher Trine Moholdt, the study’s findings are of particular interest to diabetics, who usually have problems with glucose control.
Exercising in the evening (like this nighttime runner, see photo) boosts your metabolism and makes it easier to control blood sugar during the night, a study found.
“We found that morning or evening exercise produced similar improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness, but nighttime glycemic control only improved in the evening exercise group,” said Dr. Moholdt.
“The group that trained in the early evening had lower nighttime glucose levels,” she added.
“That’s important because one of the things people with type 2 diabetes experience is nocturnal spikes in glucose, so when they go to sleep, their glucose spikes and spikes at night.”
“Our research showed that we were able to smooth out those nocturnal peaks, which is a very important finding, because not only were the nocturnal glucose concentrations lower, the cholesterol was also lower.”
In their research, Dr. Moholdt and colleagues 24 inactive men – each between the ages of 30-45 and with Body Mass Indices ranging from 27-35 (i.e., overweight or obese) – who were fed a high-fat diet for 11 people. consecutive days.
None of the subjects were known to have type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease, but all were at risk of developing the former.
The participants were split into three groups: those who exercised in the morning, those who exercised in the evening, and those who did not get any exercise at all.
Within five days, the metabolic benefits of evening workouts over morning workouts became apparent, the team noted – with decreases in fasting blood glucose, insulin, cholesterol, triacylglycerol, and LDL cholesterol seen only in the former.
“This study suggests that evening exercise may be more beneficial for people with metabolic disorders than the same exercise earlier in the day,” said Dr. Moholdt.
“But I think it is important to point out that it is much more important that you keep exercising than at what time of the day you do it.”
The full findings of the study have been published in the journal Diabetology.
In the UK, about 90 percent of adults with type 2 diabetes have type 2 diabetes
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar to get too high.
There are two main types of diabetes:
– Type 1, where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin.
– Type 2, where the body does not make enough insulin, or the body cells do not respond to insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is much more common than type 1.
In the UK, about 90% of all adults with type 2 diabetes.
Reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes can be achieved by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and achieving a healthy body weight.
The main symptoms of diabetes are: feeling very thirsty, urinating more often (especially at night), feeling very tired, weight loss and loss of muscle mass.