With World Diabetes Day, just around the corner, it’s pertinent to look at ways people suffering form Type 2 diabetes can manage their disease, which is one of the fastest proliferating illnesses in the world.

A new study shows that walking after a meal, especially which have a higher composition of carbohydrates, can help those with Type 2 diabetes reduce their blood sugar levels. Post-meal blood sugar levels fell by 12 per cent on average among the participants  of the study, which was directly attributable to walking after a meal, compared to walking at other times of the day.

Conducted in New Zealand, the study could open up paths of research into physical activity immediately post meals. “Most of this effect came from the highly significant 22 per cent reduction in blood sugar when walking after evening meals, which were the most carbohydrate heavy, and were followed by the most sedentary time,” lead author Andrew Reynolds from University of Otago is quoted as saying.

One of the vital pieces in managing diabetes, the post-meal glucose is a metric that’s tracked closely by diabetes specialists. It plays a role in determining overall blood sugar control and thus the cardiovascular risk associated with spike in those levels.”Postprandial physical activity may avoid the need for an increased total insulin dose or additional mealtime insulin injections that might otherwise have been prescribed to lower glucose levels after eating,” added Jim Mann from the university.

On the other hand something like an increased insulin dose post meals might exacerbate the health condition and blood sugar levels as it is associated with weight gain in patients with type 2 diabetes.

 

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