Insulin resistance: vascular function and exercise

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Hwang, Moon-Hyon ; Lee, Sewon (2016)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Journal: Integrative Medicine Research, volume 5, issue 3, pages 198-203 (issn: 2213-4220, eissn: 2213-4239)
  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC5390417, doi: 10.1016/j.imr.2016.06.001
  • Subject: aerobic exercise | atherosclerosis | metabolic syndrome | Review Article | diabetes mellitus | resistance exercise

Insulin resistance associated with metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes mellitus is an epidemic metabolic disorder, which increases the risk of cardiovascular complications. Impaired vascular endothelial function is an early marker for atherosclerosis, which causes cardiovascular complications. Both experimental and clinical studies indicate that endothelial dysfunction in vasculatures occurs with insulin resistance. The associated physiological mechanisms are not fully appreciated yet, however, it seems that augmented oxidative stress, a physiological imbalance between oxidants and antioxidants, in vascular cells is a possible mechanism involved in various vascular beds with insulin resistance and hyperglycemia. Regardless of the inclusion of resistance exercise, aerobic exercise seems to be beneficial for vascular endothelial function in both large conduit and small resistance vessels in both clinical and experimental studies with insulin resistance. In clinical cases, aerobic exercise over 8 weeks with higher intensity seems more beneficial than the cases with shorter duration and lower intensity. However, more studies are needed in the future to elucidate the physiological mechanisms by which vascular endothelial function is impaired in insulin resistance and improved with aerobic exercise.
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