Author(s): Suhasini Sanda1, Rakesh Mamilla2
Regular physical activity plays a key role in management of type 2 diabetes. So, a randomised crossover study was conducted specifying the timing of walking in relation to meals, which enhanced the benefits of walking in controlling the type-2 diabetes.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
The study was conducted on a total of 50 adults with type-2 diabetes aged between 45 years to 70 years. They are divided into two groups. Group I with 25 adults were assigned a 30-minute morning walk each day, whereas group II with 25 adults were assigned a 10-minute walk following each main meal for 15 days and a 30 days break was taken and then again the participants were crossed over to another group. Same is repeated for another 15 days.
Significantly, there is decrease in fasting blood glucose levels in both groups, but there is greater decrease in fasting blood glucose levels in the group, which was assigned a 10-minute walk after each major meal, that is about 10% to 20% with an average of 12% compared to another group’s fasting blood glucose levels assigned with a single 30-minute morning walk.
A short stroll after every meal could reduce need for insulin injections, which can help type-2 diabetic people for better management of their blood sugar levels and weight.