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Thursday, October 17, 2013

What does the latest study say about walking and diabetes/sugar control?


Walking has always been considered a low-impact, safe exercise for everyone of all ages. Most experts have been recommending regular walking exercise, especially brisk walking. But is there a best time for a walk to maximize its benefits? Recently scientists have found that a brisk 15-minute walk approximately 30 minutes after a meal exerts significant control over the high blood sugar of elderly people.

After a meal blood sugar typically spikes and is driven into the muscle and liver cells by an increase of insulin. As we get older, this system doesn’t function as efficiently.
Left unchecked, excess blood sugar can contribute to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The study examined participant’s walking exercise at different times of the day. They walked on a treadmill for 45 minutes in the morning and afternoon and for 15 minutes within three hours after eating their evening meal. While the morning and afternoon walking was very beneficial, the short, 15-minute walking exercise after the evening meal was more effective at reducing the sugar levels in the bloodstream.

This demonstrates that exercise is great at most any time but maximum benefit can be derived by exercising during a certain timeframe. It was emphasized that the short, 15-minute walking exercise wouldn’t be ample to develop much improvement in cardiovascular conditioning though.

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