Based on the latest study, type 2 diabetes is manageable with the help of daily exercise. More precisely, a relaxing walk after eating might be your best bet in controlling blood sugar levels.
Scientists have found an association between the postprandial glycemia (blood sugar measurement) in our bodies and the risk of heart disease. Glycemia level lowered by 12 percent when participants went for a walk after they ate, compared with fitness enthusiasts who exercised, but at other times during the day.
Furthermore, people who took a walk after dinner had a 22 percent drop-off in postprandial glycemia. According to Andrew Reynolds, lead author from the University of Otago, it is mandatory for people with type 2 diabetes to exercise for minimum 150 minutes every week.
He further stressed that ‘the benefits we observed due to physical activity after meals suggest that current guidelines should be amended to specify after-meal activity, particularly when meals contain a substantial amount of carbohydrates.’
In other words, walking should be part of anyone’s daily routine. However, Dr. Joel Zonszein, Clinical Diabetes Center director at Montefiore Medical Center, NYC, says that although exercise after eating comes with many benefits, patients should not exaggerate and over-exert themselves because cardiovascular conditions are common among people who suffer from type 2 diabetes.
The heart should not go under a lot of stress, because intensive workouts will cause a blood diversion from the carotid arteries directly to the patient’s gut, thus increasing the risk of potentially harmful side-effects.
During the study, the team monitored 41 type 2 diabetes participants, who walked 150 minutes per week. The first part of the survey involved those who walked for half an hour every day whenever they desired.
After a month from the first part of the study, participants were required to walk for 10 minutes every day, but only within 5 minutes after every meal. Based on the results, researchers concluded that walking immediately after eating was beneficial for all participants because it triggered a decrease of blood sugar level.
It is worth mentioning that this is not the first time exercise was linked to blood sugar management but improved lifestyle and exercise may not be enough because patients need medications as well.
During a second survey, another team of researchers discovered that daily exercise reduced the type 2 diabetes risks by 26 percent.
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