Walk to lower risk of diabetes

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of AAPT

A new study suggests that the more you walk, the more you can lower your risk of diabetes.  500 middle aged adults were followed with pedometers for 5 years.  After factoring in lifestyle changes like diet, alcohol and smoking, researchers discovered that by taking just 10,000 steps a day 5 days a week, they were able to lower body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, and improve insulin sensitivity.  10,000 steps equals 5 miles.

Earlier recommendations were for 3000 steps per day, but this study contends that adding these extra steps can improve your overall health.



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