Diabetics Should Do Light Physical Activity Every 30 Minutes, New ADA Guidelines Say

 

African American man in officePeople with diabetes need to move more often than previously advised, new guidelines say.

To improve blood sugar management, people with diabetes should do three or more minutes of light activity every 30 minutes during prolonged periods of sitting, such as working on a computer or watching TV. This is especially true for those with type 2 diabetes, according to the latest recommendations from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

These light activities include: overhead arm stretches, walking in place, leg lifts or extensions, desk chair swivels, torso twists and side lunges.

Previously, the association recommended light physical activity for every 90 minutes of prolonged inactivity.

“These updated guidelines are intended to ensure everyone continues to physically move around throughout the day — at least every 30 minutes — to improve blood glucose management,” said guidelines lead author Sheri Colberg-Ochs, consultant/director of physical fitness for the ADA.

“This movement should be in addition to regular exercise, as it is highly recommended for people with diabetes to be active. Since incorporating more daily physical activity can mean different things to different people with diabetes, these guidelines offer excellent suggestions on what to do, why to do it and how to do it safely,” she explained in an ADA news release.