Diabetes Risk Lowers With More Walking

A new study has recently found that people who participate in more walking will greatly lower their risk of contracting the disorder diabetes.

Researchers in Australia recently published their findings, which showed that people who took 10,000 steps every day for five times a week, had three times more protection against diabetes than those who took only 3,000 steps a day.

The researchers tracked 592 patients over five years—they were examined at the beginning of the study, and then given a pedometer and were told to track their steps for the next five years.

When the researchers looked at the data compiled, those participants who had walked more had a lower body-mass index (BMI), a lower hip-to-waist ratio, and a higher sensitivity to insulin.

According to the researchers, the results were not based on caloric intake, and rather reflected a major weight change that had occurred.

In a news release about the findings, the researchers said, “These findings, confirming an independent beneficial role of higher daily step count on body-mass index, waist-to-hip ratio and insulin sensitivity, provide further support to promote higher physical activity levels among middle-aged adults.”

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