Can a two-minute walk after dinner slash your risk of a silent killer?

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Can a two-minute walk after dinner slash your risk of a silent killer?

ReachMD reported, “Now scientists have actually proved that going for just a two-minute walk after eating can bring with it a host of health benefits.”

A light-intensity walk after a meal can help reduce blood sugar levels which can help ward off complications of a potential “silent killer,” Type 2 diabetes, scientists from the University of Limerick have found.

The researchers have suggested that a 15-minute walk is optimum but even ‘mini walks’ of two to five minutes offer some benefit.

They believe this is the best time for minimizing blood sugar spikes, as that is when blood sugar levels tend to peak. Blood sugar spikes occur when your blood sugar rises and then falls sharply after you eat.

Over time, your body may not be able to lower blood sugar effectively, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. It is therefore important to manage blood sugar levels and avoid blood sugar spikes.

The research, which was published in Sports Medicine, looked at the results of seven studies that compared the effects of sitting versus standing or walking and its impact on heart health, including insulin and blood sugar levels.

Researchers discovered that standing after a meal was better than sitting but a brisk walk was most effective at regulating blood sugar levels.

Speaking to The Sun, Aidan Buffey, lead author of the review, suggested several ways in which people can fit this additional walking into their daily lives “I would suggest blocking time into your work calendar for a walk – perhaps the last five minutes of the hour, ” he said.

“People could also use an app or phone timer that goes off after a certain time of sitting/working such as 20, 30 or 45 minutes where you would then walk”, he explained. “Walking lunches or walking away from your desk and eating somewhere else in the office or outside.”

“For those working in an office,” Aidan suggested “walking emails” which involves delivering notes or verbally discussing the email topics in person. He also suggested people try walking or standing meetings where possible.

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