Results of a new study were recently released (June 20 Diabetes Care), with really good news. And with half of our population expected to develop diabetes during their lifetime, good news is great. Really great.
These researchers followed a group of ver 1,800 people at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes for five years, and found those who walked over 3500 steps per day – just walking in regular daily life, not necessarily exercising, lowered their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 29%. Amazing!
They did not have to walk quickly, or for one long stretch, to see this benefit. They just had to log over 3,500 steps per day on their pedometer. Those who logged over 7,800 steps per day lowered their risk even further. The study did not collect data on any dietary changes the people made during the study, but did take into account risk factors like smoking.
So dust off your old pedometer, or pick one up for less than $20 at any store that sells sporting goods, and get moving. Keep track of your steps each day and reward yourself when you reach your goals. Oh, and leave diabetes eating your dust.