Summary for context. 6'7" 43 yr old recently diagnosed diabetic. Down 8% body weight in about five weeks mostly paleo. Blood sugars went down from 250-280 and leveled off around 120-160. Trying to avoid meds if possible.
Up until today, I have been doing 30-120 minutes of very low intensity exercise (walking, elliptical , swimming) several times a week, and have avoided any sort of resistance or high intensity or high impact exercise since I dont want to injure myself. My bodyweight at this point is beyond my ability to control effectively, and running is completely out of the question, so crossfit is out for now.
But today I started reading body by science and Im wondering if that is a mistake. Perhaps I should be looking at safe but high intensity alternatives to running and free weights (elliptical/swimming sprints, and HIT machine weight training).
Is the consensus that high intensity weight training and cardio is superior to long super low intensity (heart rate under 120) training for stripping fat and returning insulin sensitivity, or is it only more useful for general conditioning and fitness?
Assuming you implement a high intensity training regimen (say 2 days a week weights split between upper and lower body and 4 days a week cardio, split between elliptical sprints and swim sprints), is there any further advantage to fat burning/insulin resistance recovery by adding more low intensity exercise and activity, or am I just causing unnecessary inflammation at that point?