Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • 12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter
Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Type 2 Issues Archives
Print | Email | Share | Comments (1)

One More Time: Walking A Lot Is Good For You


Jan 20, 2011

Get out that dusty pedometer and march!

Taking 10,000 steps a day, or walking about five miles, is very, very good for you. It's even better than walking 3,000 steps a day, which is also extremely beneficial if you walk briskly enough to do it in 30 minutes. The 10,000 steps philosophy is not new--there's even a weight-loss book or two on the topic. But now the 10,000 step regimen has also been linked to an increase in insulin sensitivity in middle-aged adults.

In a five-year Australian study of nearly 600 adults averaging 50 years old, walking more steps was associated with reductions in body mass index, waist to hip ratio, and insulin sensitivity by the end of the study. The study authors estimated that a sedentary person who changed behavior over five years to meet the 10,000 daily step guideline would have a threefold improvement in insulin sensitivity compared with someone who worked up to 3,000 steps five days a week. According to the authors, the association of step activity with better insulin sensitivity was largely accounted for by lower body mass index, a welcome outcome in itself. 

So get out that dusty pedometer and march!  It's easy and fun, it won't wreck your knees, and it's very, very good for your health.

The study, authored by scientists from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne, was published in the British Medical Journal.

Source: 

British Medical Journal

 

 


Categories: Fitness, Insulin, Insulin Resistance, Physical Therapy, Pre-Diabetes, Type 2 Issues, Weight Loss



You May Also Be Interested In...


Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Comments 1 comment - Jan 20, 2011

©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.