that when they became sharks again, all the benefits came right back.”
Another expert who reviewed the study, Dr. Edmund Giegerich, chief of endocrinology and vice chairman of medicine at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in New York City, was also somewhat surprised by the magnitude of changes that happened in just two weeks.
Giegerich says the study confirms how important it is to stay active.
“Going from being sedentary to more active can help a great deal in preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes. Just try to be more active. You’ll feel better, and if you’re trying to lose weight, it can help a little. You don’t have to run a marathon. Walking is fine. Just get up and get moving,” he advises.
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Both experts point out that the study was small, and in a larger group, the findings might be different. The study was also only done for a short period of time.
Bowden Davies, Osborne, and Giegerich all suspect that if people who are at a lower fitness level stop almost all of their activity that the results might even be worse.
Learn more about the benefits of exercise from the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.