Researchers suggest that the finding of the study is highly important as it has found an effective way to control the risk of type-2 diabetes in older adults. Health experts recommend 45-minutes of exercise most days of the week to control diabetes.
Walking after meals – Diabetes
But Lead author, Loretta DiPietro of the Department of Exercise Science at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, says that older adults are not motivated to exercise for sustained periods. Hence, the study has shown a much simpler way to control their diabetes.
For this study, DiPietro and her team evaluated 10 volunteers in their early 70s. These participants had elevated blood sugar levels, but were not diabetic. Three different two-day tests were carried out involving all participants and their blood sugar levels were constantly monitored. Researchers asked the participants to walk on a treadmill for either 45 minutes in the mid-morning or in the afternoon or for 15 minutes after each meal. The three different exercises were conducted four weeks apart.
Researchers found that the blood-sugar levels significantly dropped when the participants performed 45 minutes mid-morning exercise and three 15 minute exercise sessions for two days, but the results of the afternoon 45 minutes exercise did not yield satisfactory results.