Post-meal walks may prevent type two diabetes

12 June 2013

A well-timed walk could help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce risk of type two diabetes. That’s according to new research from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Experts found that brief 15-minute post-meal walks were the most effective way to lower blood sugar, even more so than one extended, moderate-intensity workout.

To reduce your risk of type two diabetes, experts advise several bursts of exercise throughout the day, along with a balanced diet. Maintaining a healthy weight is also important. If you suspect you may have the disorder, a diabetes test will determine if you need to proceed with further treatment.

In the meantime, take preventative measures to safeguard against the condition. Lead researcher, Dr Loretta DiPietro, advises against bad habits like sitting in front of the television following a big evening meal. “That’s the worst thing you can do,” Dr DiPietro said. “Let the food digest a bit and then get out and move.” High post-dinner glucose levels can affect blood sugar for up to 24 hours.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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