The healthiest thing you can do after eating is taking a
walk, new research reveals. Scientists say moving helps control blood sugar
levels, which is important in keeping diabetes at bay.
Researchers at George Washington University had a small
group of older Americans go for a short walk a half hour after finishing each
meal. They found three daily, 15-minute walks were just as effective in
controlling blood sugar levels as one 45-minute
walk each day.
When we walk, it fires-up our muscles. That action moves the
glucose from our blood into our cells to help provide us energy. Exercise
serves as a backup system because when too much sugar stays in the bloodstream
it damages our vessels and increases our risk for diabetes.