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Post-meal exercise is more beneficial than routine exercise to control diabetes, a study by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research has revealed. The study was conducted by the National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE), PGI. Sandhya Ghai, principal, NINE, who was the lead investigator of the study, said the aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of post-meal exercise on glycemic control among patients with Type II diabetes mellitus.
The authors said during the study it was found that exercise of 15 minutes after each meal resulted in a statistically significant decrease in blood glucose in entire five point blood glucose and HbA1c level in both the groups.
“On the other hand, after doing normal routine exercise, there was a significant increase in blood glucose and HbA1c value,” the study has found.
The authors said they used a sample of 64 patients who were selected and were divided into two groups.
“They were selected as group A and B. Each group consisted of 32 patients who were selected by purposive sampling technique from endocrinology OPD. Socio-demographic sheet, blood glucose assessment performa, telephonic alert messages was employed to ascertain the objectives of study,” the study said.