How type 2 diabetes sufferers can improve health with an additional 2,000 daily steps

Posted by ap507 at Dec 20, 2013 10:15 AM |
University study highlights the importance of physical activity in preventing cardiovascular disease
How type 2 diabetes sufferers can improve health with an additional 2,000 daily steps

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A large international study led by Thomas Yates of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences, looking into people with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT; a precursor to diabetes), has found that every additional 2000 steps taken a day over one year—roughly equivalent to 20 minutes a day of moderately-paced walking—reduces the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke by 8%.

While several studies have suggested that physical activity is beneficially linked to health in those with IGT, this is the first study to specifically quantify the extent to which change in walking behaviour can modify the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cardiovascular-related deaths.

For every 2000 steps per day difference in walking activity at the start of the study there was a 10% difference in the risk of cardiovascular disease in subsequent years. On top of this, the risk of cardiovascular disease was further modified by 8% for every 2000 steps per day that walking activity changed between the start of the study and 12 months later.

These novel findings provide the strongest evidence yet for the importance of physical activity in high risk populations and will inform diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention programmes worldwide

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