What is the Impact of Daily Physical Activity on Mealtime Glucose
A recent retrospective study was done that evaluated patients’ free-living condition with type 1 diabetes utilizing an activity tracker and evening postprandial (post-meal) glucose control. Unstructured physical activity is under-researched. Therefore, there are limited resources for treatment recommendations.
What they saw was that those who had a high median total of physical activity throughout their day (either higher step count or high-intensity physical activity) showed a significantly lower average in postprandial glucose following their evening meal.
It is reasonable to conclude that exercise-related strategies for glucose management should be further evaluated to include regular physical activity. Increasing research will enable a deeper understanding of necessary treatment adjustments associated with physical activity so that people with type 1 diabetes can safely increase it.
So what exactly is physical activity?
The World Health Organization(WHO) defines physical activity as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that require energy expenditure. This would include activities done while working, playing, carrying out household chores, traveling, engaging in recreational pursuits, etc. Increasing physical activity yields several health benefits.
Here are a few simple ways to start increasing your daily physical activity – and help improve your post-meal glucose too!
Park your car further away
Take the stairs
Walk around your office
Walk around your house when you’re on the phone
Do more yardwork
Structure in more house cleaning days
There are so many ways to get a bit more activity in. Try to spend a little more time moving and a little (or a lot) less sitting!!
Kathryn Gentile is a clinical exercise physiology student from Lancaster, PA who is pursuing her Master’s degree and also working towards becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator. Additionally, she is an ACSM-CEP(clinical exercise physiologist), Certified Personal Trainer, and Certified Sports Nutritionist.