Wednesday 19 October 2016

Tips to reduce blood sugar levels if you have Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes

In UK more than three million people have the condition.

Strolling for 10 minutes after every meal can help people with Type 2 diabetes , a latest study suggests.

The research show that short walks on a full stomach are better at rng 30-minute walk at any time of day.

Scientists in New Zealand studied 41 diabetes patients who were told either to walk for 30 minutes per day, or for 10 minutes after breakfast, lunch and supper.

Those who followed the walking-after-meals advice saw their blood sugar levels drop 12% further.

Lead researcher Dr Andrew Reynolds, of the University of Otago, said: "Most of this effect came from the highly significant 22% reduction in blood sugar when walking after evening meals, which were the most carbohydrate heavy, and were followed by the most sedentary time."

Lowering blood sugar after meals is considered an important target in managing Type 2 diabetes.

Walking after meals may reduce the amount of insulin patients have to inject to keep their blood sugar under control, said the researchers. This may help to prevent weight gain linked to insulin intake.

Writing in the journal Diabetologia, the scientists concluded: "The benefits relating to physical activity following meals suggest that current guidelines should be amended to specify post-meal activity, particularly when meals contain a substantial amount of carbohydrate."

To find out more about diabetes please visit NHS

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