Wellington, Oct 18: A recent study has found that taking a short walk after having meal may help in combating diabetes.
"Most of this effect came from the highly significant 22 percent reduction in blood sugar when walking after evening meals, which were the most carbohydrate heavy, and were followed by the most sedentary time," said lead author Andrew Reynolds from University of Otago in New Zealand.
As per the study published in the Diabetologia journal, walking after having the meal, particularly the meal containing substantial amount of carbohydrates, is helpful for the people with Type 2 diabetes.
Post-meal glucose is regarded as an important target in managing Type 2 diabetes, given its independent contribution to overall blood sugar control and cardiovascular risk, added Jim Mann, professor at University of Otago.
"Postprandial physical activity may avoid the need for an increased total insulin dose or additional mealtime insulin injections that might otherwise have been prescribed to lower glucose levels after eating," Mann said.