Type 2 diabetes could be avoided if people exercised for as little as one minute every day, according to a new study.
Researchers at the University of Bath said that two short cycle sprints of 20 seconds each could prevent and maybe even treat the condition.
They asked volunteers to perform the cycle sprints on exercise bikes three times a week and found that their insulin function improved by 28% after six weeks.
Type 2 diabetes is the result of a low insulin function, common in people who do not get enough exercise, which leads to high blood sugar levels.
People with diabetes often develop life-threatening conditions which affect the heart, kidneys, eyes or limbs. The NHS spends £1m an hour to treat the condition.
Dr Niels Vollaard, who led the study, said: “This is completely new. No one has ever found a programme this easy and short to provide health benefits.
“It could even be done in the workplace.”