Did you know that a 10-minute walk after a meal is good for diabetes control?
A newly published study aimed to assess whether the timing of walking in relation to eating a meal could benefit people with diabetes by reducing their blood sugar levels. This has certainly sparked interest for exercise recommendation researchers.
The study conducted at the University of New Zealand included 41 adults with an average age of 60 who had diabetes for 10 years. The level of blood glucose was 12% lower in the group that walked after the meals than in those who went for a single walk each day. The improvement was most evident after the evening meal when more carbohydrate was eaten and when the group was most active. The study had short duration and was assessed on days 1, 7 and 14 using fasting blood samples, body measurements, continuous glucose monitors and food diaries for both groups.
The study found that taking a 10-minute walk after each meal produced a lower blood sugar than a single 30-minute walk in a 24-hour period. Based on the findings post meal activity helps the body to use the carbohydrates consumed during the meal and lowers overall blood sugar.
So, whether you have diabetes or just need to become more active, let’s review the recommended activity guidelines for all and the benefits of being active.
The current physical activity guidelines for adults age 19-64 include at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or fasting walking every week and two or more days a week of strength exercises that work all the major muscles like legs, hips, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms.
There are major benefits of exercise for all: weight control, combating health conditions and diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, improving mood, boosting energy, sleeping better, socially enjoyable and fun.
Let’s make movement a regular part of our lifestyle!
– Sherree Telford, RDN, LDN, CDE, CHWC
Director of Specialized Solutions