Brisk Walks After Meals Protect Against Diabetes
(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) have discovered that a fifteen minute walk after each meal appears to help older people regulate blood sugar levels and could reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Participants in the study completed three randomly-ordered exercise protocols spaced four weeks apart. Researchers found that three short post-meal walks were as effective at reducing blood sugar over 24 hours as a 45-minute walk of the same easy-to-moderate pace. Moreover, post-meal walking was significantly more effective than a sustained walk at lowering blood sugar for up to three hours following the evening meal.
SPHHS researchers believe that with additional research, these findings could lead to an inexpensive preventive strategy for a pre-diabetic condition.
For more information go to: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2013/06/03/dc13-0084.abstract
SOURCE: Diabetes Care, June 2013
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