Just two weeks of resting without much activity can have an impact on their overall health from which it is hard to recover, according to researchers who studied overweight older adults at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
For older overweight adults with prediabetes, a period of temporary physical inactivity during illness, for instance, can raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In a research study of 22 overweight prediabetic older adults ages, 65 to 73 years reduced their usual physical activity level to less than 1000 steps a day for 14 days and than returned to their normal activity level. By using an oral glucose tolerance test to assess glycemic control and deuterated water ingestion to measure integrated rates of muscle protein synthesis.
Oral glucose tolerance tests determine that they were more insulin resistant after the inactivity and didn’t return to normal even two weeks later. Since the length of the study is short, it is unclear whether levels might have eventually returned to normal or progressed to Type 2 diabetes. Full details are published online in The Journals of Gerontology.
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- The Journals of Gerontology; Series A, 2018; https://academic.oup.com/biomedgerontology/article-abstract/73/8/1070/4583629?redirectedFrom=fulltext