A few minutes of light exercise, rather than a sweaty gym workout, is all that is needed to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, study suggests

Even small amounts of physical activity can offer health benefits that protect against diabetesEven small amounts of physical activity can offer health benefits that protect against diabetes, new research suggests.

A new study found that even a little exercise wards off insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes which can result from a high-fat diet.

Insulin resistance occurs when the cells of the body stop responding to insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels in the body.

Exercise can prevent insulin resistance by prompting the body to remove damaged cells and enhancing the quality of mitochondria, the cell’s energy powerhouses.

Type 2 diabetes affects 4.5 million people living in the UK and 29 million people in the US.

Even small amounts of physical activity can offer health benefits that protect against diabetes

The study also casts doubt on the previously held view that increasing the quantity of mitochondria could help fix some consequences of a high fat diet, including insulin resistance.

The researchers found that the benefits from physical activity were not affected by the quantity of mitochondria.

Lead researcher Megan Rosa-Caldwell, a doctoral student at the University of Arkansas, found that mice genetically engineered to have higher quantity of mitochondria were not more protected against high-fat diet induced insulin resistance.

How was the research conducted?

The researchers fed all the mice in the study a Western diet high in fat.

The genetically engineered and control mice were further divided into a group that was allowed to exercise, and a sedentary group.

Their results showed that physical activity, regardless of the amount of mitochondria, offered similar health benefits against insulin resistance.

Even a little exercise wards off insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes which can result from a high-fat diet

Study found even a little exercise wards off insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes

The researchers said that it appears that exercise’s ability to help remove damaged cells and enhance the quality of the mitochondria may be more effective for preventing insulin resistance.

But they said these aspects need to be further tested.

Exercise offers ‘the greatest protection’

Ms Rosa-Caldwell said that with rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes continuing to increase, understanding the cellular processes that help or hurt insulin resistance can help doctors better tailor effective preventative measures such as exercise.

She added: ‘For now, physical activity is the greatest protection, but further research may enable us to prevent and treat insulin resistance, and subsequent diabetes, more effectively.’

The research was published in the journal Experimental Physiology.

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Official render of the Meizu M1E leaks a few days before official announcement

Chinese smartphone maker Meizu has recently sent out invitations for a press event set for the date of August 10. The device said to be unveiled is the Meizu M1E. The smartphone has a strikingly similar frontal design to another major smartphone maker. Not a huge surprise there.

The device’s render below looks like the images that were leaked earlier. Those photos also revealed benchmark screenshots showing off the specs powering the smartphone. The alleged specs are as follows: Mediatek MT 6755 Soc (Helio P10), 5.5 inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM, and runs on Flyme OS 5.2.1 based on Android Lollipop 5.1.1.

Two sets of leaked images report a similarly looking devices conflict in devices. This could mean the August 10 press event could potentially announce two models under the name ‘Meizu E’. A mid-ranger device with the above specs and a higher end smartphone with a more powerful Exynos 8890 CPU.

As always, these are rumors and should not be taken to heart. Things always have a chance of changing early on and they don’t always represent the final product.

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