A measurement of blood sugar called postprandial glycemia, which has been linked with heart disease risk, averaged 12 percent lower when study participants took a walk after eating, compared with those who exercised at other times. The largest drop in postprandial glycemia, 22 percent, was achieved by walking after dinner, the study authors found.
“If you have type 2 diabetes, there is a guideline to be active for at least 150 minutes a week,” said study author Andrew Reynolds, a researcher at the University of Otago, in New Zealand.
But, he added, “the benefits we observed due to physical activity after meals suggest that current guidelines should be amended to specify after-meal activity, particularly when meals contain a substantial amount of carbohydrates,” he said.
“Consider walking after you eat as part of your daily routine,” he added.
However, one U.S. diabetes specialist offered a caveat on that advice.