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Walking Makes a Difference in Controlling Type 2 Diabetes

Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2006

How much walking is needed to produce the best effects for controlling Type 2 diabetes?

Walking or doing other aerobic exercise for 38 minutes - about 2.2 miles or 4400 steps - showed a significant effect for those with diabetes, even if they didn't lose weight. They improved their hemoglobin A1C by 0.4%, reduced their risk of heart disease, and improved their cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They saved $288 a year in health care costs.

 
The number of walkers with diabetes who needed insulin therapy dropped by 25%, and those on insulin therapy reduced their dosage by an average 11 units per day. They had great improvement in hemoglobin A1C levels of 1.1%, improved cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and reduced risk of heart disease. They reduced their medical costs by over $1200 per year.
 
Those who didn't walk saw their health care costs go up by over $500 in the two-year study period.
 
Their insulin use went up, as did cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. There is a huge cost in failing to walk and exercise, especially for those with diabetes.

Exercise and walking have also been shown to reduce the risks of developing Type II diabetes. Whether you have diabetes or not, it is never too soon or too late to begin a walking or exercise program.

 

Source: Diabetes In Control: Annals of Internal Medicine, July 2006

 
 
 
 
 
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