Post-dinner walk best for diabetics
TAKING a 10-minute walk after each main meal may be the best option for people with diabetes who need to lower their blood glucose.
That’s the finding of a new study which suggests it could be better than just a single 30-minute daily walk for people with Type 1 diabetes.
Around 853,165 adults over 40 in Ireland are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or already have been diagnosed.
The study in the journal found that taking shorter, more frequent walks after meals produced lower blood sugar estimates than a single walk.
The researchers believe that, based on these findings, current guidelines should be changed and specify post-meal activity, especially if the meal is high in carbohydrates.
This study was well designed and made efforts to reduce the risk of chance findings.
The researchers included 41 adults with an average age of 60 years who had diabetes for an average of 10 years.
It found that when participants walked after meals the level of blood glucose was 12pc lower than in those who went for a single walk each day.
The improvement was greatest after the evening meal when carbohydrate consumption was generally highest.
While the study has limitations, it adds to the list of potential benefits for people with the condition.