Short Walk After Every Meal Is Better Than Exercise For Diabetes Patients

Posted: Oct 19 2016, 6:21am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Short Walk After Every Meal is Better Than Exercise for Diabetes Patients
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  • Those with Type 2 Diabetes ought go for 10 Minute Strolls after Meals
 

A new study that 10 minute strolls after meals are better than exercise to lower blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes patients.

For people who have type 2 diabetes, a 10 minute walk after meals could lower sugar levels more than exercising at other hours of the day. Blood sugar after meals is known as postprandial glycemia.

It has been linked with heart attack risk. It was 12% lower for those who took the walks than for those who didn’t budge from their sofas after taking breakfast, lunch or dinner.   

The largest drop in blood sugar took place for those who walked after dinner. For those who have type 2 diabetes, physical activity amounting to 150 minutes per week is the recommended lifestyle change.

The benefits from exercise were however pronounced especially after meals. Dinner, in particular, which contained more carbohydrates, was the ideal time to follow up by going for a 10 minute walk.

The type 2 diabetes patients ought to make these 10 minute walks a daily part of their routine. That way they will get used to the extra exertion and also be able to reap the benefits of the lifestyle change.   

However, there were voices of dissent from other quarters. A diabetes specialist spoke to WebMD of how there was a caveat to this otherwise beneficial nostrum.

While exercise is a good way of managing diabetes, after meals you have to be careful regarding over-exertion. Since heart disease is very common in type 2 diabetes patients, we have to be very careful lest a bit of exertion after dinner may cause the heart to be overtaxed as a result.

The heart comes under pressure after eating a large meal. The problem is that the re-routing of blood from the heart to the gut is a dangerous recipe for ultimate trouble in type 2 diabetes patients.  

41 people walked 150 minute per week. They had type 2 diabetes. In the first phase of the experiment, the patients walked for 30 minutes daily whenever they wanted to.

During the second phase, after one month had elapsed, they took 10 minute walks, 5 minutes after their meals. Blood sugar was monitored in both cases. It was better in those who walked for ten minutes after meals.

Yet exercise and diet are not the only issues here. Medication is just as important and type 2 diabetes patients ought to continue to take their drugs since there is no escaping that factor in the blood sugar equation.

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