Brisk Walking Reduces Diabetes Risk, Study Finds

A recent study reveals that brisk walking significantly lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes. This finding highlights the importance of walking pace in managing diabetes risk.

The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, led by Dr. Ahmad Jayedi of Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, analyzed long-term studies involving over half a million people from the U.S., the U.K., and Japan.

It found that walking at a speed of 2 to 3 miles per hour (mph) reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes by 15% compared to walking slower than 2 mph. Increasing the walking speed to more than 4 mph further reduces the risk by about 39%​​​​​​.

Quantifying the Benefits of Faster Walking

The study equates a brisk walking speed to 87 steps per minute for men and 100 steps per minute for women. Every additional half-mile per hour in walking speed is associated with an extra 9% reduction in diabetes risk​​.

The researchers emphasize that while increasing the total walking time is beneficial, walking faster can further enhance health benefits. This meta-analysis suggests that brisk walking, regardless of the total volume of physical activity or time spent walking per day, is associated with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes in adults​​​​.

Fast walking correlates with better muscle strength and cardio fitness, which are linked to overall health and lower diabetes risk. Brisk walking also aids in weight loss, improving insulin response​​.

With information from UPI.

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