A new study shows that walking for just 15 minutes after every meal can help reduce your blood sugar levels and your overall risk for type 2 diabetes.
Published in 'Diabetes Care,' the study was conducted on adults of an average age of 70. Participants were assigned to one of three walking programs: three 15-minute walks after meals, one daily 45-minute morning walk, and one daily 45-minute afternoon walk.
Walking just 15 minutes after every meal proved to be the most beneficial than longer walks. "A post-meal walk is timed to when blood glucose just starts to climb," Dr. Loretta DiPietro said to ABC News. "The muscle activity and the muscle contractions help to clear glucose."
Why it Works
After meals, blood sugar can spike. When factors like age make it difficult for the body to release insulin, this can cause problems. Walking for 15 minutes helps because it can "halt the surge of glucose," according to Dr. DiPietro.
But while short bursts of walking will help with glucose levels, the doctor reminds us that these little strolls are not a substitute for aerobic exercises. It is, however, a great option for those who are unable to perform sustained exercise activity.
Just don't skip your walks-- Dr. DiPietro says three walks per day are the necessary prescription. "People will not get the benefit if they miss times," she said.
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