A Stroll After Supper Is Good Advice for Type 2 Diabetes Patient
Two new studies provide more evidence that exercise is critically important for both the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes.
In the first, researchers conclude that telling patients with type 2 diabetes to “Take a short walk right after meals” may be one of the best exercise prescriptions a clinician can give.
Results from the randomized crossover study show that postmeal blood glucose levels dropped 12%, on average, when patients with type 2 diabetes walked for 10 minutes after three daily meals compared with walking for 30 minutes at any time of day.
Most of this effect came from a 22% glycemic drop in the 3-hour period following the after-dinner walk, particularly when the meal was carbohydrate-heavy, say Andrew N Reynolds, MD, from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and colleagues.
“The improvement was particularly striking after the evening meal when the most carbohydrate was consumed and sedentary behaviors were highest,” they say in their paper published October 17 in Diabetologia.
Since postprandial glycemia is an independent determinant of glycemic control as well as cardiovascular risk, the timing of physical activity may provide significant additional health benefits to patients with type 2 diabetes, Dr Reynolds and colleagues point out.
The findings also make a strong case for updating current guidelines, the researchers assert.
“The benefits relating to physical activity following meals suggest that current guidelines should be amended to specify postmeal activity, particularly when meals contain a substantial amount of carbohydrate.”
Current activity guidelines recommend that patients with type 2 diabetes get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, or about 30 minutes a day over 5 days. Daily exercise can be completed at one time or at different times throughout the day.
Postprandial physical activity may make it possible for patients to avoid an increased total insulin dose or additional mealtime insulin injections to lower glucose levels after eating, Dr Reynolds said in an interview.
Higher insulin doses might, in turn, be associated with weight gain in patients with type 2 diabetes, many of whom are already overweight or obese.
“What is surprising is how easily this advice can be communicated to patients with type 2 diabetes,” he told Medscape Medical News. ” ‘Go for a walk after your meals’ ” is a very clear message to deliver to your patients and then to follow up at each subsequent clinical visit.”
Since the prescribed level of activity was so modest (30 minutes total each day), the results may be applicable to a wide group of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, Dr Reynolds added.
The researchers are conducting follow-up research to identify factors that motivate or prevent people with type 2 diabetes from following a regular walking prescription, which they hope will be of use to physicians to help promote adherence to regular walking routines; they expect to publish this work soon, Dr Reynolds said.
More Exercise Always Better When It Comes to Preventing Diabetes
Results from the second study further inform when it comes to the dose-response relationship between exercise and the development of type 2 diabetes.
This was a meta-analysis of 23 cohort studies in 1.2 million nondiabetic individuals from the United States, Asia, Australia, and Europe, showing that those who achieved a 11.25 metabolic equivalent of task (MET) hours/week of moderate activity (the 150 minutes/week currently recommended) had a 26% reduction in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Those whose physical activity reached 60 MET hours/week, however, reduced their risk of developing diabetes by an even greater amount, more than 50%, said lead author Andrea Smith, a PhD candidate in public health at the Health Behaviour Research Centre at University College London, United Kingdom, and colleagues.
The work is also published on October 17 in Diabetologia,
“Our study favors a ‘some is good but more is better’ guideline, in which specific targets are mainly used for a psychological effect,” say the researchers.
“There is no clear cutoff at which benefits are not achieved, and health benefits increase at activity levels well beyond current recommendations.”
Funding for the New Zealand study was provided by the University of Otago and the New Zealand Artificial Limb Service. Funding for the UK study was provided by the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR). The authors from both studies disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
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New Maintenance Protocols
We know that all of our patients start the Dr. Bernstein weight loss program with the best of intentions to follow it as strictly as possible, but we also recognize that our patients may face a variety of life events that can periodically interrupt their routines or conflict with their efforts to adhere to the program properly.
So we have made it easier for you make adjustments to your goal so that you can deal with the issue of the moment without letting go of the program and the weight loss progress that you have made.
We have removed and relaxed some of the protocols around the Maintenance Program so that patients can shift from the strict program to maintenance at any time, and for as long as needed. You will still enjoy the benefit of being able to visit with the nurse once per week to review your progress and health, and learn what you should and should not be eating at various stages of Maintenance. And of course, we will always be here, ready to encourage and support you when you are ready to get back on the weight loss program, all the way to your goal!Back to top
Look and Feel Great for the Holidays
The holiday season is fast approaching, and all of the associated social functions are right around the corner. By starting The Bernstein Diet today, you can lose as much as 30 pounds by the holidays*. Imagine how good you will look and feel with all the extra energy you’ll have to participate in holiday activities.
If you’re already on the program, the challenges of the festive season make regular clinic visits all the more important to your continued success. Our nurses and doctors can give you the tips and motivation you need to stay focused on your goal through the holidays. And if you find you need a little more support, remember that you can visit the clinic every day at no extra cost.
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Food Bank Donation Drive
Bernstein Diet & Health Clinics is pleased to be participating in a food drive to help those in need. More families than ever are having a difficult time making ends meet, so we would like to draw upon the strength of our staff and patient networks to make a difference in our local communities.
We will accept donations of all nutritious, non-perishable food items, but the following items are the most needed:
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We are encouraging all of our patients to bring in a donation of any size at their next visit.
We are looking forward to helping our food banks make this the most successful year ever!
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Recipe of the Month: Veal & Spinach Terrine
• 1 lb 8 oz or 680g Veal,Lean – ground
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