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Study: A walk after every meal can control blood sugar

If you’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, then take a 15-minute walk after every meal.

A study out Wednesday shows that moderately-paced walks after meals work as well at regulating overall blood sugar in adults with pre-diabetes as a 45-minute walk once a day.

Walking after a meal “really blunts the rise in blood sugar,” says the study’s lead author, Loretta DiPietro, professor and chair of the department of exercise science at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

“This amount of walking is not a prescription for weight loss or cardiovascular fitness — it’s a prescription for controlling blood sugar,” she says.

DiPietro and colleagues worked with 10 overweight, sedentary volunteers, whose ages averaged 71. All had higher than normal blood sugar levels and were considered prediabetic, which means they were at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, the most common type.

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