A new study suggests that walking every day is an excellent way for people with type 2 diabetes to get healthier and lower heart attack and stroke risk.
Modify risk of heart-related problems
Researchers from the University of Leicester found that every additional 2,000 steps daily over the course of a year is linked with an 8% decline in risk of experiencing a heart problem among people with impaired glucose tolerance.
The research team arrived at this conclusion after examining data from over 9,306 adults in 40 different countries who were pre-diabetic.
In a statement, lead researcher Dr Thomas Yates said, “This is the first study to specifically quantify the extent to which change in walking behavior can modify the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular-related deaths.”
2,000 steps = 20-minute walk
To illustrate how this works, the researchers kept track of how many steps the participants took every day with a pedometer.
The study author notes that 2,000 steps is almost equivalent to walking 20 minutes every day at a moderate pace.