AJP Heart and Circulatory Podcasts: Low Carb Diet and Exercise Improve Endothelial Health
Does the combination of a low carbohydrate meal and post-meal walking exercise help to avoid hyperglycemia, and improve vascular function, in Type 2 diabetes patients? In this podcast, American Journal of Physiology Consulting Editor Nisha Charkoudian (United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine) interviews first author Monique Francois (University of Virginia) and content expert Sushant Ranadive (UMD School of Public Health, Department of Kinesiology) about an innovative study by Francois and co-authors. While it is well known that low carb diets lower blood glucose, often low carb diets are high in fat, which then impairs endothelial function. Did the authors find that by combining low carb meals with post-meal exercise, endothelial function was improved? How did endothelial microparticles respond to the low-carb diet vs. the low-carb plus post-meal walking protocol? Is it the timing of exercise that is the key factor to improve postprandial metabolism?