Sometimes a solution is so simple it’s hard to believe it’s true. But if you’re diabetic, or battle blood sugar problems, this trick is one you’re going to want to stay tuned for.
Researchers say they’ve uncovered a powerful solution for combating post meal blood sugar spikes. It can reduce your blood sugar after eating by up to 22 percent. And all it requires is 10 minutes of your time after each meal.
According to the New Zealand researchers, strapping on your walking shoes and going for a brisk stroll after meals causes a significant drop in blood sugar.
Post meal walks beat traditional workouts
In fact, taking a short 10 minute walk after breakfast, lunch and dinner lowered folk’s post meal (also called post prandial) blood sugar spikes better than a traditional workout.
On average, blood sugars dropped 12 percent more for volunteers who walked after each meal, than those who worked out for the full 30 minutes at other times.
And the biggest benefits showed up just when the volunteers needed them most.
Avoid after dinner blood sugar spikes
After dinner, blood sugar tends to be at its highest when folks eat more carbs and move less. But when volunteers walked for just 10 minutes after eating, their levels dropped by up to 22 percent.
The researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago say those kinds of drops could have other real world benefits too. For example, they may mean folks with type 2 diabetes could end up needed less drugs to bring their blood sugar back into line.
Drop pounds and reduce diabetes drugs
Plus taking less insulin would mean the numbers on your bathroom scale would likely drop too. And since many diabetics struggle with weight, that’s great news.
The study, published in the journal Diabetologia, echoes earlier research, published in 2014. In that study scientists found a 30 minute stroll after meals was much more effective at lowering glucose levels than sweating through a 30 minute round of table tennis, or simply resting.
Adopting this one simple habit could finally be the key to getting your own blood sugar back under control. So go ahead, strap on your walking shoes after your next meal, and go for a stroll.
A walking habit slashes heart disease risk too
Pick up your pace a bit and lowering blood sugar spikes isn’t the only benefit you’ll see.
According to other recent research, folks who walk at an average speed have a 21 percent lower risk of dying an early death from heart disease than people who walk slowly. And since diabetics are at a higher risk for heart disease and stroke, that’s significant.
Pick up your pace a bit more, to a brisk 3.1 to 4.3 miles per hour, and like the volunteers in the study you could slash your risk by nearly 24 percent.
Why let your blood sugar spikes continue to boss you around? Planning in a pleasant short walk after each meal could put you back in the driver seat.
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