Take More Steps Everyday To Ward Off Diabetes

Simply taking more steps every day not only helps ward off obesity but also reduces the risk of diabetes, finds a new study. This is the first study to estimate the effects of long-term changes in daily step count on insulin sensitivity and the recommendation is to do 3,000 steps, five days a week.

The research done by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, involved 592 middle-aged adults who took part in a national study to map diabetes levels across Australia. At the start of the study, participants completed a detailed diet and lifestyle questionnaire and underwent a thorough health examination. They were also given a pedometer and instructed how to use it. Participants were monitored again five years later.

A higher daily step count over five years was associated with a lower body mass index, lower waist to hip ratio, and better insulin sensitivity.

These associations were independent of dietary energy intake and appeared to be largely due to a change in adiposity (fatness) over the five years, say the authors.

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