Why walking after meals is so important in preventing diabetes

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.