Post-din­ner walk best for di­a­bet­ics

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

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.

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