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Want to lower blood sugar levels? Doing exercise in evening may help

As per a recent study, incorporating regular exercise into our evening routine may be a simple yet effective way to help manage blood sugar levels and potentially reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

Written By: Kristina Das @ New Delhi Published on: June 11, 2024 15:27 IST
Evening exercise may help lower blood sugar levels
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Regular exercise has numerous benefits for our physical and mental well-being, and one of them is its potential to lower blood sugar levels. Now, according to a study, it has been observed that doing exercise in the evening can be particularly beneficial in regulating blood sugar levels. This is because our body's insulin sensitivity is naturally higher in the evening, making it easier for our cells to absorb glucose from the bloodstream after a workout.

The study published in the journal Obesity showed that moderate to vigorous physical activity in the evening for sedentary adults with overweight and obesity is most beneficial in lowering daily blood sugar levels.

“Our results highlight the importance of the field of precision exercise prescription,” said Jonatan R. Ruiz, Professor of physical activity and health, at the Department of Physical and Sports Education, University of Granada in Spain.

“In clinical practice, certified sports and medical personnel should consider the optimal timing of the day to enhance the effectiveness of the exercise and physical activity programs they prescribe,” he added.

The team studied a total of 186 adults who exercised between 6 a.m. and noon, noon to 6 p.m., or 6 p.m. to midnight over 14 days. The participants had a body mass index of 32.9 kg/m2 with overweight or obesity with an average age of 46 years.

The results showed that accumulating greater than 50 per cent of moderate to vigorous physical activity in the evening was associated with lowering day, night, and overall blood glucose levels compared with being inactive.

The association was found to be stronger in participants with impaired glucose regulation and was similar in both men and women.

A previous study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, and based on data from 30,000 people who were followed over almost 8 years also showed that exercise during the evening may offer more health benefits against obesity.

According to the study, engaging in aerobic moderate-to-intense physical exercise between 6 p.m. and midnight decreased the chance of dying young and dying from cardiovascular disease.

(With IANS Inputs)

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