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Does Exercise Decrease Blood Sugar?

How does exercise affect blood sugar levels? If you’re doing intense exercise, your blood sugar levels may rise, temporarily, after you stop. Exercise that’s too hard can raise your blood sugar by making it harder for your muscle cells to use insulin. A workout helps pump you up by causing small tears in muscle fibers. When they heal, your muscles are stronger.

How much does exercise reduce blood sugar? Good news: Two new studies found that exercising 30 minutes a day reduces your risk of diabetes by 25 percent, and walking for 10 minutes after meals lowers your blood sugar by 22 percent.

Why does blood sugar drop after exercise? Exercise makes our muscles burn glucose for fuel, and also makes insulin work more efficiently by increasing the number and responsiveness of the glucose transporters. Insulin also blocks the production of glucagon. This is what causes blood glucose levels to drop during exercise.

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Does Exercise Decrease Blood Sugar

Physical activity can lower your blood sugar up to 24 hours or more after your workout by making your body more sensitive to insulin.