One of the simplest forms of exercise is walking! It doesn’t cost anything, you can do it anywhere, and it is quite simple. If you are cleared to walk and exercise by your doctor, then simply do it! Physical activity can prolong life, and has been shown to reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer and breast cancer. It has also been shown to improve blood pressure, glucose tolerance, and lipid profile, and reduce the risk of fractures from falls. Exercise can even reduce your risk of depression.
A recent study from George Washington University by L DiPietro showed that moderately-paced walks for 15 minutes after every meal regulated overall blood sugar in adults with pre-diabetes. It helped as much as taking a 45-minute walk once per day.
The researchers documented the importance of the timing of the walks, and that it cleared blood sugar due to the muscle contractions. According to DiPietro, “You eat a meal. You wait a half-hour and then you go for a 15-minute walk, and it has proven effective in controlling blood sugar levels, but you have to do it every day after every meal. This amount of walking is not a prescription for weight loss or cardiovascular fitness-it’s a prescription for controlling blood sugar.”
15 minutes after every meal, take a short walk. If your physician has mentioned to you that you have pre-diabetes, then here is a way to help regulate your blood sugar!