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Diabetes Forecast

The Healthy Living Magazine

After-Dinner Workouts Best for Type 2

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
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If you have type 2 diabetes, an after-dinner workout might be your best exercise bet. Researchers studied 13 obese men and women with type 2 diabetes on three different days: During one day, they performed resistance exercise (such as leg presses, shoulder raises, and crunches) before eating a high-carb spaghetti dinner. On another day, they did the same exercises 45 minutes after the same meal. Compared with blood glucose readings on an exercise-free day, blood glucose levels were 30 percent lower when the exercise was done after eating but just 18 percent lower when exercise came before eating. The after-dinner workout also reduced triglycerides (harmful fats in the blood), whereas exercising before had no effect.
Source: Journal of Applied Physiology, published online Feb. 17, 2015

 
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