Research teams from the Chinese Southeast University, Nanjing and from the German Ulm University Medical Center conducted a meta-analysis to quantify the effectiveness of maximal aerobic interval training (INT) in type 2 diabetes compared with moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT) or non-exercise training (NET). Compared with MICT, INT improved VO2max by 2.60 ml/kg/min and decreased HbA1c by 0.26%. Yet their magnitudes of changes were larger compared with NET, with VO2max increased by 6.38 ml/kg/min and HbA1c reduced by 0.83%.
Front Physiol. 2017 Nov 23;8:957. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00957. eCollection 2017.