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Diabetes Forecast

The Healthy Living Magazine

After-Meal Walks Offer Big Health Benefits

By Matt McMillen , ,

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Taking a brief walk after a meal appears to offer big benefits. While exercise at any time helps lower your blood glucose, a walk right after a meal—especially a carb-heavy one—will help manage after-meal glucose levels. For two weeks, New Zealand researchers tracked 41 walkers with type 2 diabetes, whose average age was 60. Half took a 30-minute daily walk whenever they wanted. The other half took three 10-minute walks, one after each meal. Participants in both groups ate as they normally would. Tests revealed that those in the latter group were better able to reduce their after-meal glucose levels, a key to controlling diabetes.
Source: Diabetologia, October 2016

 
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