People with a spinal cord injury (SCI) are at an increased risk of developing chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. While we know exercise can help prevent these conditions, we need to understand how exercise of different intensities can help with nutrient handling after a meal.
These responses are vital as people spend the majority of their waking day in a post-meal state, with post-meal blood responses indicating long-term risk of developing high blood fat and glucose levels. This research is novel as it is the first to determine how exercise can impact these responses in people with a SCI. If we can identify an exercise intensity that sufficiently reduces these blood responses, we can better inform exercise recommendations for people with a SCI.