Walk at work to bring your blood sugar level down
Taking a regular break from work to walk around in the office helps to reduce the body`s levels of glucose and insulin after eating, a new study has revealed.
Though the results of the study, which was conducted by Australian researchers, don`t show if this has a lasting health benefit, experiencing large glucose and insulin spikes after a meal is tied to a greater risk of heart disease and diabetes.
`When we sit our muscles are in a state of disuse and they`re not contracting and helping our body to regulate many of the body`s metabolic processes,` the Daily Mail quoted David Dunstan, the study leader from Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia as saying.
Dunstan and his team have reported previously that people who watch more than four hours of TV a day are likely to have an earlier death. With this study, they experimented with how prolonged sitting could affect responses to food.
After a meal, glucose levels in the blood go up, followed by a rise in insulin, which helps cells use blood sugar for energy or store it. Then, levels in the bloodstream start to go down.
In people with type 2 diabetes, this process is disrupted as the body no longer responds to insulin properly. After a meal, blood sugar and insulin levels spike and remain high.
The scientists looked at 19 overweight adults who didn`t exercise much, asking them to come into a laboratory and sit for seven hours while having their blood sugar and insulin levels sampled hourly.
After the first two hours, they drank a 763-calorie drink that was high in sugar and fat, then sat for another five hours.