The Best Time For Diabetics To Take A Walk? After Eating
Exercise is indeed part of good management and care for those with type 2 diabetes, said Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.
But, he urged caution about the benefits of exercising right after meals.
Because heart disease is common among those with type 2 diabetes, “we need to be careful in encouraging exercise after a meal, as the demands on the heart increase with meals,” he explained. “This is especially important in people with heart disease, as diversion of blood from the coronary or carotid arteries to the gut is not always best for these patients.”
The study findings were published Oct. 17 in the journal Diabetologia.
In the study, Reynolds and colleagues had 41 people with type 2 diabetes walk a total of 150 minutes a week. In the first phase of the study, participants walked for 30 minutes daily whenever they wanted. In the second phase, 30 days after the first phase, participants were told to take a 10-minute walk no later than five minutes after each meal. During both phases, blood sugar was monitored. Walking after meals lowered blood sugar levels more effectively among the participants, the study found.
Improvements in controlling blood sugar with exercise have been shown by many trials, Zonszein noted, but exercise and good lifestyle are often not enough.