Exercising after dinner may be more healthful for obese patients with type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the University of Missouri discovered that both pre-dinner and post-dinner exercise reduced blood glucose concentration, but post-dinner activity held the advantage of improving triacylglycerol concentrations as well. Both high blood sugar and fat concentrations raise the risk of cardiovascular diseases, the top diabetes complication.
According to the investigators, the improvements were temporary, lasting about a day, so it’s important to exercise regularly. The patients in the study performed resistance exercises, such as leg pulls, leg curls, seated calf raises, and abdominal crunches. Each of the meals used in the study was moderate in carbohydrates.
Clinicians may want to inform patients that the timing of physical activity matters, not just its intensity or duration.
In the future, the researchers plan to study the role of hormone levels and how morning exercise compares with evening (post-dinner) exercise.
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Exercise is a popular prescription for individuals suffering from the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, but little research has explored whether these individuals receive more benefits from working out before or after dinner. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that individuals with Type 2 diabetes can lower their risks of cardiovascular diseases more effectively by exercising after a meal.