Improves general fitness
Those with Type 2 Diabetes have lower fitness levels than those without (Regensteiner et al, 1995). Meta-analysis of RCTs have shown that regular exercise is associated with improved fitness. Higher intensity exercise is associated with greater improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness (Boule et al., 2003; Cassidy et al., 2017).
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Cassidy S, Thoma C, Houghton D, Trenell MI. High-intensity interval training: a review of its impact on glucose control and cardiometabolic health. Diabetologia. 2017 Jan;60(1):7-23.
Regensteiner JG, Sippel J, McFarling ET, Wolfel EE, Hiatt WR. Effects of non-insulin-dependent diabetes on oxygen consumption during treadmill exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1995 Jun;27(6):875-81.