Walking with diabetes

Walking after meals can help you lower your blood sugar levels.

As a diabetic, you are no stranger to purchasing medical supplies. From insulin syringes to infusion sets, there are a number of items you need to have with you on a daily basis. Recent research has found a way in which you may be able to reduce your blood sugar levels after eating.

The facts
A new study conducted by researchers at George Washington University found that walking after a meal was beneficial to diabetics' blood sugar levels. The information was gathered from a group of inactive and overweight individuals 60 years and older who were suffering from diabetes. These participants took 15-minute walks 30 minutes after eating each meal. The results were compared to those who took one 45-minute walk per day.

The results showed a significant difference between blood sugar level control in those who took three short walks rather than one long. Furthermore, it was found that the post dinner walks had an even greater effect on blood glucose levels in the evening. This is huge, since this is the time of day in which many diabetics suffer from a decrease in insulin production.

If you are interested in trying this regime out, note that the people who participated in this study walked at a low-to-moderate pace. This was about 3 mph on a treadmill. You can also spend the time walking out doors, which may make the activity even more enjoyable. It's important to make sure that you are wearing diabetic socks and well-fitting shoes before heading out the door as well.

In addition to helping manage your blood sugar levels, walking daily will also help you to maintain a more fit lifestyle. This can help with weight management and may even lower the severity of your condition.

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