Does the type of activity “break” from prolonged sitting differentially impact on postprandial blood glucose reductions? An exploratory analysis

Robyn N. Larsen, Paddy C. Dempsey, Francis Dillon, Megan Grace, Bronwyn A. Kingwell, Neville Owen, David W. Dunstan

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Frequent breaks in prolonged sitting are associated beneficially with glycaemic control. However, the contribution of energy expenditure to this relationship has not been well characterised. In this exploratory analysis, data from 3 laboratory trials that standardised test meals, cohort characteristics (overweight/obese, sedentary), and break frequency and duration were pooled. Higher energy expenditures of different types of breaks (standing, light- or moderate-intensity walking) were associated with lower postprandial glucose and insulin responses in a dose-dependent manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)897-900
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2017


  • Breaks in sitting
  • Energy expenditure
  • Glucose control
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Sedentary behaviour

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