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Evidence summary BITE 31 – Breaking prolonged sitting reduces diabetes markers

Who needs to know?

Post-menopausal women at high risk of type 2 diabetes.

What have we found?

  • Breaking up prolonged sitting with 5-minute bouts of standing or light-intensity walking significantly reduces postprandial markers of diabetes risk.

  • Compared with uninterrupted sitting, standing reduced the postprandial rise in glucose by 34% (28% for walking) and insulin concentrations by 20% (37% for walking) on the day of the intervention.

  • Habitual standing and light-intensity physical activity may provide appealing interventional targets in the promotion of metabolic health.