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.