Study: Half-hour walk can lower risk of diabetes
A brisk half-hour walk every day can decrease a person’s chances of developing diabetes, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health said.
The researchers found that daily exercise can be beneficial regardless of a person’s weight.
“This suggests that adopting and maintaining a program of regular physical activity similar to what the surgeon general’s recommendations suggest can play a significant role in preventing Type 2 diabetes,” said Andrea Kriska, lead author of the study, which will appear in the Oct. 1 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.
About 11.8 million adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, an illness that involves problems with insulin, a hormone that helps convert blood sugar into energy.
Pitt’s most recent study involved 1,728 men and women without diabetes. All were between the ages of 15 and 59 and belonged to American Indian tribes that have high rates of diabetes. Over an average follow-up period of six years, 346 participants developed Type 2 diabetes. Those who were more active and engaged in at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day were less likely to develop the disease.