Brisk Walking for 30 Minutes a Day May Cut the Risk of Diabetes

A new study from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, finds that simple physical activities like brisk walking or gardening for only 30 minutes raise levels of a hormone GLP-1 that reduces appetite and lowers blood sugar levels thus decreasing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes but only in men.Brisk Walking for 30 Minutes a Day May Cut the Risk of Diabetes

For the study, a team f researchers looked at the link between daily physical activity and a hormone that may indirectly influence the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Levels of GLP-1 were measured in participants of the study before and after they drank glucose which helped to determine how much physical activity influence GLP-1 secretion.

Dr. Signe Torekov, an associate professor in the department of biomedical sciences at the University of Copenhagen, says: “The association between physical activity and GLP-1 secretion may only be seen in men due to physiological differences and generally lower activity levels for women in this study. It may also indicate that a certain minimum level of physical activity is required for the positive effect on GLP-1 levels, however, more studies are required to confirm this.”

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