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Stronger ADA guidelines keep people with diabetes moving.

ARLINGTON, Va. -- For the first time, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) has issued independent, comprehensive guidelines on physical activity and exercise for all people with diabetes, including type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes and prediabetes.

The updated recommendations aim to reduce daily sedentary time. They call for three or more minutes of light movement every 30 minutes during prolonged sedentary activities for better blood sugar control, especially in people who have type 2 diabetes.

The ADA noted that this regimen marks a shift from its previous recommendation of physical movement every 90 minutes of sedentary time.

"These updated guidelines are intended to ensure everyone continues to physically move around throughout the day--at least every 30 minutes--to improve blood glucose management," explained Sheri Colberg-Ochs, consultant/director of physical fitness for ADA. "This movement should be in addition to regular exercise, as it is highly recommended for people with diabetes to be active. "

Studies have shown better blood sugar management in people who have sedentary jobs, are overweight or obese, and have difficulty maintaining a healthy blood sugar level when extended periods of sitting --such as at a desk, on the computer, during a meeting or in front of the television--are interrupted every 30 minutes with at least three minutes of standing or light-intensity activities, according to the ADA. These can include leg lifts or extensions, overhead arm stretches, desk chair swivels, torso twists, side lunges and walking in place.

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