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08 October 2018 : Clinical Research  

Twenty Minute Moderate-Intensity Post-Dinner Exercise Reduces the Postprandial Glucose Response in Chinese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Zheng Li1ABCDE, Yun Hu1ABDF, Rengna Yan1BCD, Huiqin Li1BCD, Danfeng Zhang2BCD, Fengfei Li1AEF, Xiaofei Su1A, Jianhua Ma1AG*

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.910827

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24: CLR7170-7177


BACKGROUND: Postprandial hyperglycemia and glycemic fluctuations are significant cardiovascular disease risk factors for patients with type 2 diabetes. We investigated the effects of a single session of post-dinner moderate-intensity exercise on the postprandial glycemic response compared with a non-exercise condition in a study population of Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: This randomized crossover self-controlled pilot study involved 29 patients with type 2 diabetes who participated in post-dinner exercise days using non-exercise days as a control. The interstitial glucose level was monitored using a continuous glucose monitoring system, with a standardized diet and medication. For the non-exercise control days, patients pursued normal daily activities but refrained from unusual strenuous physical activity. On the exercise days, participants walked on a treadmill for 20 minutes after dinner, with a heart rate reserve of 40%.

RESULTS: Post-dinner moderate-intensity exercise reduced the 2-hour postprandial glucose spike, mean glucose level, and peak glucose level compared to the control condition. The cumulative glucose total area under the curve during 1-hour post-exercise was lower with exercise than under the control condition. The 12-hour standard deviation of blood glucose and the coefficient variation of glucose were significantly lower in the with exercise day compared to the control day, although the 12-hour mean amplitude of glycemic fluctuations did not reach statistical significance. No nocturnal hypoglycemia subsequently occurred on the exercise day.

CONCLUSIONS: A short session of moderate-intensity post-dinner exercise can improve postprandial hyperglycemia and glycemic excursions in Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes, with no potential hypoglycemia risk at a later period.

Keywords: Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2, Exercise, Hyperglycemia, Postprandial Period

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