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Brief Walks After Each Meal Can Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Among Older People

June 12, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Taking a short walk after eating a meal is effective at reducing blood sugar – and reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes – among people age 60 ore older, a U.S. study shows. Ten people over 60 and otherwise healthy participated in the study. Participants were, however, at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They either walked for 15 minutes after each meal or walked 45 minutes on a treadmill once a day. It was found that a 15-minute walk after each meal was most beneficial, with the greatest benefit coming after the evening meal. The short walk curbed the exaggerated rise in blood sugar that often lasts well into the night and early morning.
Loretta DiPietro et al., "Three 15-min Bouts of Moderate Postmeal Walking Significantly Improves 24-h Glycemic Control in Older People at Risk for Impaired Glucose Tolerance", Diabetes Care, June 12, 2013, © American Diabetes Association
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