Walking After Meal Reduces Diabetes Risk

(CNN) — Going for a walk after you eat may reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes, scientists say, especially if you’re older.

Moving helps control blood sugar levels, which is important for keeping diabetes at bay.

Researchers at George Washington University had a small group of older Americans go for a short walk a half hour after finishing each meal. They found three daily 15-minute walks were just as effective in controlling blood sugar levels as one 45-minute walk each day.

Why? After we eat, our blood sugar levels go up as our food digests. The body responds by releasing insulin whose job is to tell cells to let in the sugar, called glucose, which is the body’s main source of fuel.

But as we age, insulin production can get a bit sluggish. This is where exercise can help. When we head out for a walk and get our muscles firing, that action moves the glucose from our blood into our cells to help provide us with energy.

Exercise serves as a back-up system because when too much sugar stays in the blood stream, this damages our vessels and increases our risk for diabetes.

So after you eat, head out for a walk. It can help you feel good and stay healthy.

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