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Researchers concluded that “time seems to matter” when it comes to physical activity.


People who have Type 2 diabetes A new study has found that to control blood sugar, exercise should be done in the afternoon, not in the morning.

“In this study, we[found]that adults with type 2 diabetes showed significant improvement in glucose control when they were more active in the afternoon,” said co-author Dr. Jingyi Qian, of the Sleep and Circadian Disorders Division. Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Massachusetts said in a statement.

“We know that physical activity is important, but our study adds new insight that increased activity time may be important,” Qian said.

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Researchers from the Brigham and Joslin Diabetes Center studied data from 2,400 overweight and obese people. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetesAnd they wore a waist-mounted accelerometry recording device — measuring vibration or movement acceleration — to measure their physical activity.

After reviewing data from the first year of the study, researchers found that people who did “moderate to vigorous” exercise in the afternoon had a significant reduction in blood glucose levels.

according to Harvard School of Public HealthExamples of “moderate” activity include brisk walking, mowing the lawn with a power mower, and playing badminton recreationally, while “vigorous” activity includes walking, jogging, playing basketball or soccer, or riding a bicycle at 14-16 miles per hour.

You can say you’re exercising at a moderate aerobic level, but you can’t sing your favorite song. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Analyzing four years of data, the team found that people who exercised in the afternoon had lower blood glucose levels and were more likely to take glucose-lowering diabetes medications.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or does not produce enough insulin. World Health Organization.

It is most common in adults, and is associated with aging, obesity, family history, physical inactivity, and race/ethnicity.

People with diabetes are at risk for complications including nerve damage, vision and hearing problems, kidney disease, heart disease, and premature death.

The authors of the study note that the observational study comes with limitations as it did not measure sleep and diet.

“Time seems to be anything but,” said Dr. Roiland Middlebeck, assistant researcher at the Joslin Diabetes Center. “Going forward, we may have more data and trial evidence to make more personalized recommendations for patients.”

Dr Lucy Chambers, head of research communications at Diabetes UK, said in the study: “Exercising can help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications such as heart disease.” Kidney failure, as well as improving their general well-being.

Chambers, who was not involved in the study, emphasized that people should exercise where they can.

“This new study found that regular ‘moderate to vigorous’ exercise – in the morning, midday, afternoon or evening – lowers average blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Afternoon exercise has been associated with greater benefits, but the reasons for this are unclear and current evidence on the optimal timing of exercise is mixed.

If you are living with type 2 diabetes, the most important thing is to find exercise that you enjoy and incorporate it into your routine before work, on your lunch break or in the evening. ” she added.

The team’s findings were published in the journal Diabetes care.

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