Shivering helps people with diabetes?
Exposure to cold temperature can improve insulin sensitivity and diabetes!
Sitting in a cold environment and shivering is the last thing we want to do.
But did you know that this may help if you are suffering from diabetes?
Most people heat their houses in winter to 21C.
Researchers in Netherlands have found that if you cut down the heating to 15C to 19C for a few hours in a day, it may help your diabetes dramatically.
A group of Type 2 diabetics made this change for 10 days and their insulin sensitivity improved by 40% !
These results are comparable to what you can get with the best medicines that are currently available.
As per Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, Professor of Ecological Energetics and Health at Maastricht
The concepts of comfort and health may be related but are not synonyms. New knowledge has been gathered regarding metabolic health effects of temperature exposure outside the human thermal comfort zone. Mild cold and warm environments increase metabolism, thereby targeting obesity by counterbalancing excess energy intake. Furthermore, mild cold influences glucose metabolism. Ten days of intermittent mild cold exposure in type 2 diabetes patients increased insulin sensitivity, and thereby glucose handling by more than 40%. [...]
The hypothesis is that that the body uses energy (calories) to keep warm or cool down when exposed to surrounding temperatures outside the comfort zone (Less than 17 C or More than 26C)
The article states that sensitivity (response) to insulin increased by up to 40% when in a study, people in Netherlands turned down their home temp to 15- 19 degrees C.
This indeed is promising, if these results could be seen again in other similar studies.
The beneficial effects appear to be more when the exposure is for prolonged periods and the body is forced into acclimatization.
It remains to be proved if shivering can be recommended as a treatment for diabetes.
Meanwhile, get out of your comfort zone… and step out into the outdoors.