Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter
Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Insulin Levels Archives
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

Short Walks May Work Best at Preventing Type 2


Aug 6, 2013

Preventing type 2: Short walks better than long?

Taking short walks every half hour could do more to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes than a 30-minute walk every day, according to a new study.


The findings cement the idea that those with sedentary jobs should get up and step away from their desks regularly to prevent risks to their health.


The study, conducted by researchers from New Zealand's University of Otago, which appeared recently in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, focused on 70 healthy adult volunteers, who were asked to participate in three separate tests.


In the first part, volunteers were asked to sit for nine hours. They were given a meal-replacement drink after one hour, four hours, and seven hours, and had their blood glucose and insulin levels tested after each drink.


The volunteers were then asked to perform the same study, this time taking a brisk 30-minute walk before sitting for nine hours.


In the third part, volunteers sat for nine hours and were given the meal-replacement drinks, but added short walks-about 1 minute and 40 seconds-every half hour.


The study found that both post-meal insulin and blood sugar levels were lower following the short walks than after both the nine-hour sedentary session and the 30-minute walk.


"Regular activity breaks were more effective than continuous physical activity at decreasing blood sugar and insulin levels in healthy, normal-weight adults," said the New Zealand researchers.


The findings echo those of a 2009 Scottish study which found that subjects who performed short bursts of exercise saw lower blood sugar and insulin levels, both key markers for the development of type 2 diabetes.


As part of the study, James Timmons, a professor at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, has study participants perform quick sprints- four times 30 seconds of intense activity, three times a week for two weeks-and found the subjects had a 23 percent improvement in insulin function.


"This novel approach may help people to lead a healthier life, improve the future health of the population, and save millions simply by making it easier for people to find the time to exercise," Timmons said.


Categories: Blood Sugar, Insulin Levels



You May Also Be Interested In...


Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Comments 0 comments - Aug 6, 2013

©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.