Walking 15 Minutes After Eating Can Control Blood Sugar

walking after eating control blood sugar

Recent studies mentions, there is one way to control blood sugar. That is walking for 15 minutes after eating. This helps lower blood sugar for a 24 hour period which is the equivalent of walking for 45 minutes. The speed required for the walk is moderate speed. Thus a study conducted by Loretta DiPietro, Ph.D., MPH, head of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services Department of Exercise Science.

Researchers said the muscle contractions that occur during the short walk being able to overcome the accumulated blood sugar after a meal. These findings become an effective way to lowering the risk of diabetes among people who could potentially experience it.

Quoted by the Huffington Post, the study involved healthy participants, but they have a risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They are not a lot of exercise, and their sugar content exceeds normal limits even after fasting.

Participants stayed for two days in a room with calorie counter (calorimeter). They perform a series of exercises. The first day, the participants do not walk around at all. The second day, they walk around 15 minutes after eating, walking 45 minutes at 10:30 am, and walk 45 minutes in the afternoon.

As a result, the participants get the best blood sugar control when they walked 15 minutes after dinner. After dinner, there is usually a spike in blood sugar that is big enough and ended the next day. And, with a walk after eating can prevent that.

The study was published in the journal Diabetes Care.