Diabetes is a common condition that affects almost four million people in the UK. It’s caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin. Without enough of the hormone, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy. you could lower your risk of high blood sugar symptoms by regularly going for a quick walk after eating.
If you’re at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, you can, with lifestyle changes, counteract or prevent type 2 diabetes
It’s very beneficial for diabetes patients to go for a walk after eating a large amount of food, according to health app Lifesum’s in-house dietitian, Kajsa Ernestam.
Doing any form of exercise after eating could improve insulin sensitivity, which subsequently lowers the risk of high blood sugar.
It could also help the body to absorb sugar, which is crucial for diabetes patients.
“If you’re at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, you can, with lifestyle changes, counteract or prevent type 2 diabetes,” said Ernestam.
“Changing your lifestyle by increasing physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, eating a well-balanced nutritional diet and avoiding skipping meals [could lower your risk of diabetes].
“Physical activity increases insulin sensitivity and non-dependent insulin uptake of glucose in the cells.
Diabetes type 2 exercise: Prevent high blood sugar symptoms by walking (Image: GETTY Images)
“This means that less insulin is required, it is therefore very beneficial to take a walk or move after the meal.
“By being active after a meal, you can help the body to absorb the energy [sugar] to the cells, and is therefore an important part of the non-medical treatment of type 2 diabetes.”
If you have diabetes, it’s very important that you do regular activity, along with taking your medication, said Ernestam.
Depending on your age and fitness levels, start with lighter exercises – such as half an hour of walking or swimming.
Regularly physical activity can lower your chance of developing diabetes by as much as 40 per cent, said the dietitian.
Diabetes type 2 exercise: Walking could help to improve insulin sensitivity (Image: GETTY Images)
You could also lower your risk of diabetes symptoms by eating a healthy, balanced diet.
There aren’t any foods that diabetes patients should actively avoid, but it’s important to limit the amount of sugar, fat and salt in their diet.
Many people may have diabetes without necessarily knowing it, as the symptoms don’t make you feel unwell.
Common diabetes symptoms include passing more urine than normal, unexplained weight loss, and feeling very tired.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the symptoms of diabetes, or if you think you may be at risk.