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Walking more can decrease diabetes risk

Elevated blood sugars, especially after meals, can lead to diabetes. Doctors expect to see more cases of the disease as overweight people age.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV/ABC) – Elevated blood sugars, especially after meals, can lead to diabetes.

Doctors expect to see more cases of the disease as overweight people age.

A study in the journal “Diabetes Care” finds that a 15-minute walk after each meal can lower blood sugar and the risk of diabetes.

Healthy adults whose average age was 70 were put on one of three exercise regimens:

- A 15-minute walk after each of three meals a day
- One 45-minute morning walk or
- One 45-minute afternoon walk

After-meal walks may be the most suitable for obese, middle-aged people with early signs of diabetes, or for older people who may be too frail for more prolonged exercise.

And they must be done at least three times a day to get the blood-sugar benefit.

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