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Diabetes Forecast

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For Better Blood Glucose, Sit Less

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

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If your day involves a lot of sitting still, get up and get walking. Even standing for just five minutes every half hour could help your body better control blood glucose. Researchers studied 22 overweight postmenopausal women with prediabetes. One group sat still for 7½ hours. The other two groups interrupted sitting every half hour by either standing up or walking on a treadmill for five minutes. Compared with sitting still, walking lowered post-meal blood glucose levels by 34 percent, while simply standing lowered those levels by 28 percent. What’s more, those who had interrupted their sitting by standing or walking still had lower post-meal blood glucose levels the next day. 
Source: Diabetes Care, published online Dec. 1, 2015

 
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