July 26, 2016
In older adults with type 2 diabetes, 3 minutes of stair climbing 1 and 2 hours after a meal decreased postprandial blood glucose levels, according to recent findings.
In a crossover-design study, Hiroto Honda, of Toyooka Hospital Hidaka Medical Center, Japan, and colleagues analyzed data from 16 adults with type 2 diabetes who regularly visited Toyooka Hospital Hidaka Medical Center (13 men; mean age, 65 years; mean BMI, 23.6 kg/m²; mean HbA1c, 6.9%; mean diabetes duration, 11.3 years). All participants were free of microvascular or macrovascular complications and were already under medical nutritional therapy and exercise therapy (discontinued on experimental days). Participants reported not regularly climbing stairs in their daily lives.