Get Up and Eat After A Meal Can Drop Glucose

Get Up and Eat After A Meal Can Drop Glucose

Everyone knows that an active life style can help decrease diabetes, but simply getting up to move after meals can help drop those sudden spikes. For most people, there is a sudden spike in glucose following a meal because the body is processing a large amount of sugar and carbohydrates.


Studies have shown that these sudden spikes can be a contributing factor for developing diabetes and heart disease. When most people eat, the first thing they do when done is sit down. You stomach is full and you're tired, so sitting down and watching some television or checking Facebook for the 3,000th time seems perfectly natural.


A new study shows that avoiding that post-meal rest can help decrease to glucose spikes. If you eat a meal and then simply get up and walk around for about 20 minutes, then you are less likely to develop those spikes. This could mean simply standing up and doing the dishes or going for a quick walk.


The funny thing is it's not the walking that is so beneficial as is not sitting. If you can avoid sitting down after a meal, then you can greatly reduce the risk of those glucose spikes. Scientists are beginning to find out that sitting down for long periods of time isn't a good idea. Along with diabetes and heart disease, it can increase the risk of blood clots and stroke.


We're a sedentary society, but there are easy ways to get around it. If you sit at a desk all day, then simple stand up and do your work. There are companies that specialize in desks that can be adjusted, so you can work standing up. If you spend three hours a day playing video games, then add a Kinect or motion controller, so you can get exercise while you play.