February 21, 2019
Walking After Meals Lowers Blood Sugar
Wellness Tip

Walking After Meals Lowers Blood Sugar

by Berkeley Wellness  

Taking brief walks after every meal may help people with diabetes control blood sugar better than a single longer daily walk, according to a study from New Zealand in Diabetologia. For two weeks, 41 people with type 2 diabetes (average age 60) either walked for 10 minutes shortly after each of their three main meals or walked once for 30 minutes at any time of day; then they switched regimens for the next two weeks.

Blood sugar control, measured during the three hours after each meal, was significantly better when people did the post-meal walks. The improvement was espe­cially striking after the evening meals (usually high in carbohydrates), when people tend otherwise to be most sedentary.

Future research should evaluate whether longer post-meal walks would produce greater benefits, the researchers noted, and whether these post-meal benefits would translate into an overall improvement in blood sugar control in longer studies.

Also see Exercising Before Meals and Blood Sugar.