Blood sugar rises after meals, whether you have diabetes or not. A new study shows, however, that walking after eating can have a significant effect on moderating blood sugar rise. Researchers recruited 12 people with type 1 diabetes and a dozen healthy control subjects. Physical activity and blood glucose levels were carefully measured for a total of 216 meals. The volunteers were randomly assigned to rest quietly after one meal a day and to walk after the others. Postmeal blood sugar was approximately twice as high in healthy subjects who were sedentary after eating. The people with type 1 diabetes got even more benefit from their postprandial strolls. Their blood sugar was less than half as high. This very simple approach holds great promise for helping to control blood sugar.
[Diabetes Care, Dec. 2012]

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  1. JBR

    Growing up in Sweden, it was customary for the whole family to take a walk after dinner, especially after large weekend meals. The same was true in Croatia when we were posted there with the State Dept. But neighborhoods were safe and walkable then, and there were no guns! Here we don’t live in walkable neighborhoods and don’t feel safe outside in the dark when we do, especially walking alone.
    It is a great family social activity!

  2. Sharon

    When I was a child, my mother always used to say women lived longer than men was because the women all immediately got up and moving after meals to do the dishes and clean up the kitchen. The men adjourned to read the paper and watch TV. Turns out, maybe she was right!

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