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HEALTH NEWS
Take more steps to reduce diabetes risk
Source: The Star, January 20, 2011
   
 

Victoria (Australia)  -  A new study states that increasing the number of steps  taken everyday can lower the risk of developing diabetes. 

Researchers at Murdoch Childrenís Research Institute in Australia examined the walking habits of almost 600 adults for five years, with each person wearing a pedometer.  They found that their subjects who took more steps per day in 2005 than they did five years prior had a lower body mass index, a lower waist-to-hip ratio and better insulin sensitivity (a measure of Type 2 diabetes risk), than they did at the start of the study.  Sedentary people who increased their daily steps to 10,000 over the five-year span also saw improvement in their insulin sensitivity by three times compared with those who took only 3,000 steps for five days a week.

This study is the first to suggest increasing the actual number of steps taken can make a difference.  Past research has already shown that walking can decrease the risk of becoming overweight and developing insulin resistance.


   
     
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