New research shows that there are significant benefits to going for a walk right after a meal.
Walking is an activity that provides plenty of health benefits. According to some new evidence, when done right after a meal, the activity can help diabetics and can even prevent the appearance of type 2 diabetes.
Published in the journal Sports Medicine, the study was a meta-analysis of seven different studies. It found that walking had a direct impact on people’s insulin and blood sugar levels, thus impacting the risk of diabetes.
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While the studies had different participants and parameters, they tracked people’s responses after sitting, standing up, walking, and more throughout the day. In five of the studies, participants didn’t have diabetes or pre-diabetes, while in the other two they were accounted for.
Those who walked right after consuming meals saw gradual changes in their blood sugar levels. When these walks were committed within 60 to 90 minutes after a meal, results were even stronger and better for all involved. Results showed that benefits were reaped even after walking for 1 or 2 minutes after a meal, showing that everyone has control over this part of their diet and can complete a brief walk whether they’re in the office or at home.
These results are particularly important for diabetics, who must prevent sudden spikes in their blood levels. Still, they’re also beneficial to healthy adults, since these sudden changes can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
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Aside from helping diabetics and those who are at higher risk for the disease, walks have been linked with a variety of positive behaviors, including maintaining your weight, improving your mood and energy levels, and positively affecting your cardiovascular health, which is the number 1 cause of death in the country.