Postprandial walking reduces glucose levels in women with gestational diabetes mellitus

Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2018 May;43(5):531-534. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2017-0494. Epub 2017 Dec 22.


The purpose of this study was to investigate blood glucose changes, as measured by a continuous glucose monitoring system, that occur in women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) following an acute bout of moderate-intensity walking after consuming a high-carbohydrate/low-fat meal. This study found that moderate-intensity walking induced greater postprandial glucose control compared with sedentary activity and it appears that moderate-intensity activity may be used to reduce postprandial glucose levels in women with GDM.

Keywords: activité physique; continuous glucose monitoring system; grossesse; intensité modérée; moderate intensity; physical activity; pregnancy; système de surveillance en continu du glucose.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight
  • Diabetes, Gestational / blood*
  • Diabetes, Gestational / therapy
  • Diet, Carbohydrate Loading
  • Diet, Fat-Restricted
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Meals
  • Postprandial Period*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Third
  • Sedentary Behavior
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Walking*
  • Young Adult


  • Blood Glucose