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How exercise can flatten your glucose curve

Fitting things into a busy day is difficult. So, don’t worry if you haven’t had time to get a full workout in, as there are plenty of ways to incorporate shorter, time-friendly exercises throughout your hectic day. 

When you exercise, your body uses glucose for energy. This helps keep you steady, particularly after meals, and helps maintain your muscle and aerobic capacity. (1) Movement like yoga may also help reduce stress, which could further impact your glucose. (2)

Make a goal to exercise after each meal this week. Consistency is important. Just 15-20 minutes of light walking each day can have a positive impact on your health. If it gets your body moving, it doesn’t matter what type of exercise you do.  Whether you walk the dog, take a dance class, or get on the treadmill – any activity is good. 

If you can’t find time to exercise, try to fit in some smaller activities throughout the day. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Park your car farther away. If you’re taking public transport, get off a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way. 

Little changes can make a big difference.

Glucose 101


  1. Jensen TE, et al. Regulation of glucose and glycogen metabolism during and after exercise. J Physiol. 2012 Mar 1;590(5):1069-76.  

  2. Raveendran AV, et al. Therapeutic Role of Yoga in Type 2 Diabetes. Endocrinol Metab (Seoul). 2018 Sep;33(3):307-317.  

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