High Blood Sugar? Get Active-- A Few Minutes May Make a Difference

If your blood sugar is spiking, get moving. A new study shows that type 2 diabetics might benefit from even just a few minutes of activity.

The Study

Research put out recently by the American Heart Association says that people who lead a sedentary lifestyle can benefit from even just a few minutes of activity. Overweight adults with type 2 diabetes who took just 3-minute walking breaks every half hour had a 10-point drop in systolic blood pressure.

"We saw some marked blood pressure reductions over trial days when people did the equivalent of walking to the water cooler or some simple body-weight movements on the spot," said study co-author Bronwyn Kingwell, Ph.D., head of Metabolic and Vascular Physiology at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes in Melbourne.

Don't Underestimate Small Efforts

A healthy exercise routine is the best option for those who can be physically active, but this new study shows that no effort is too small. If you spend long periods of time sitting, break it up by getting up to do something-- even if only walking back and forth for a couple of minutes.

Every little bit adds up to positive changes.

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