It may not seem like the perfect way to spend winter indoors, but lowering the room temperature makes those with type 2 Diabetes more comfortable. Not to mention it slightly improves their condition. Researchers at Maastricht University Medical Centre, in The Netherlands, advise turning the thermostat down to between 15C and 19C for a few hours a day. reports:

When a group of type 2 diabetics was asked to make the change for 10 days, it increased insulin sensitivity by more than 40 percent, a result comparable with the best medicines that are currently available.

The authors suggest that temperatures in modern buildings, such as homes and offices, should shift between warm and cool through the day in order to support health.

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