Walk -- don't run -- to better blood sugar control
Taking a walk can do lots of good things.
It can clear your mind after a difficult day... it can cheer you up with a healthy dose of the "sunshine vitamin"... and it can put a twinkle in your eye while you stroll with your sweetie under the moonlight.
But if you're not convinced -- and you're not already going for a walk every day -- I've got yet another reason for you to get up and go RIGHT NOW.
According to the latest research, you can prevent the development of full-blown diabetes... just by WALKING!
A Duke University study found that daily moderate activity -- like taking a brisk walk -- can achieve nearly 80 percent of the effect of dieting, weight loss and exercise combined.
For the study, researchers divided folks with higher-than-normal blood sugar levels who weren't yet diabetic into several groups.
One group ate a restricted low-fat, low-calorie diet and briskly walked just over a mile a day. Other folks didn't change what they ate, but they also walked -- either the same short distances at moderate intensity as the dieters, or at longer distances with greater intensity (or the equivalent of jogging).
Whether they dieted or not, the walkers saw some improvement in their glucose tolerance.
In fact, those who walked just a little bit more per day for a total of 11.5 miles a week got nearly the same benefit as those who dieted AND walked 7.5 miles.
And the group whose glucose tolerance improved the LEAST were those who JOGGED the maximum distance!
I know that the word "exercise" can seem daunting, so don't think of walking as exercise. You don't have to become a marathon runner to prevent diabetes. Controlling your blood sugar isn't a race.
Just put one foot in front of the other, and take one step at a time.
If you've been diagnosed with prediabetes... and you're staring down the barrel of full-blown diabetes... don't completely ignore what you eat. Although this study shows that walking does help regardless of whether or not you make any diet changes, the BEST results come from combining the two.
Don't worry, though -- because you don't have to suffer through the low-fat, low-calorie, zero flavor diet used in the study. By going Paleo, you can eat steak... salmon... chicken... and lots of delicious veggies and healthy fats... while still limiting your sugars and keeping diabetes at bay.