High blood sugar after meals is a key risk factor in the progression from being pre-diabetic to having type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. US research reveals a 15 minute method to reduce blood sugar.
4.4 million people in England, Scotland and Wales are projected to have diabetes by 2020 – an increase of 700,000 cases. The vast majority of the extra 700,000 cases would be Type 2 diabetes, which can often be prevented by making healthy lifestyle changes and losing weight.
Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK says “If this projected increase becomes reality, it would be a calamity for the healthcare system and a disaster for public health. But the Government and the NHS do not seem to have grasped the scale of the impending crisis and at the moment we seem to be sleepwalking towards it.”
A 15 Minute Way to Reduce Your Risk of Type-2 Diabetes
Taking a 15 minute walk after a meal is an effective was of “blunting the potentially damaging elevations in post-meal blood sugar” according to research by George Washington University.
The research, which focuses on older people, found that a 15-minute walk after each meal could prevent type-2 diabetes from developing.
The Worst Thing You Can Do
Elevated blood sugar after meals could increase the risk of type-2 diabetes, so resting after eating “is the worst thing you can do”, the study said.
The US study was the first to test short bouts of exercise in the “risky period” following meals, when blood sugar can rise rapidly, lead author Loretta DiPietro said. It found three 15-minute walks were as effective at reducing blood sugar over a 24-hour period as one 45-minute walk of the same “easy-to-moderate” pace.
Weight loss and exercise are widely accepted as key ways to prevent type-2 diabetes, which occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin to function properly, or the body’s cells do not react to insulin.
Diabetes UK estimates there are up to seven million people in the UK are at “high risk” of developing type-2 diabetes.
Dr Matthew Hobbs, the charity’s head of research, said the study reinforced the message that exercise was “extremely important” to reduce the risk.
Both exercise and what we eat are important for lowering the risk of type-2 diabetes.
Joe Arnold, from Kansas US managed to get off all of his diabetic medication after just 2 weeks of juicing and Phil McFarlane (a.k.a. Reboot Phil) from the UK says “Since juicing I have stopped taking insulin with no adverse effects”.
With UK researchers saying a diet rich in green leafy vegetables may reduce the risk of developing diabetes, I suspect juicing leafy greens may have been key to helping Joe and Phil get off their diabetic medication.
Blueberries Could Protect Against Obesity, Heart Disease and Diabetes
In another study, researchers have found that consuming blueberries daily could protect against a range of health problems including obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
Regular consumption of blueberries over an eight-week period can improve or prevent metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is the medical term for a combination of diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity that increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and other conditions affecting blood vessels.
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