With the amount of crap we shove into our face and many not getting in enough or even any exercise, it’s not hard to understand why the numbers for diabetes and prediabetes are climbing.
But Not everyone with prediabetes is overweight. You aren’t able to just look at a person and determine if that person has a condition or not.
Prediabetes affects people of all weight groups. And that is a problem in itself. Individuals who seem to be healthy are at risk because they are not being diagnosed at the time when prevention could have made a difference. You look and feel healthy, so you assume there’s no need to get checked up.
What the research suggests is otherwise.
The CDC found that 1 in 3 people in the US alone has prediabetes. The WHO predicts that by 2030, 10% of the world’s population will be diabetic. And according to IDF, 400 Million people already have diabetes globally, half of which are not even aware they have the disease.
But there is good news for those who are not able to hit the gym, or if you have an injury that prevents you from running. Why not just take a walk? According to ongoing research, you can prevent full-blown diabetes just by walking.
Research from Duke University (North Carolina) suggests that those with prediabetes who took up brisk walking showed six times greater improvement in their glucose tolerance than those who jogged. In the test, The walkers (nothing to do with “The Walking Dead”), walked an average of 30 KM a week for a period of 6 months; showed signs of improved glucose levels as compared to joggers and runners. The study found that those who took up brisk walking achieve almost 80% of the effect of dieting, weight loss and exercise combined. Test are still being conducted to determine why this the case, but researchers do have a theory. Moderate exercise taps into your body’s stores of fatty acids to fuel it more than vigorous exercise does.
And according to research conducted at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Life Science Division in Berkley, Calif. walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running can.
That’s not to say that those already with diabetes can’t benefit from walking. Getting a walk in might be one of the best things you can do for yourself if you have been diagnosed with diabetes. Not only does walking improve the way in which your body responds to insulin but also helps in reducing abdominal fat, which has been linked to insulin resistance. Further research suggests that people with diabetes who walk at least one-kilometer a day reduce their mortality risk by half when compared to those who don’t walk.
Although this article suggests that walking may have a significant impact on preventing and helping those with prediabetes or even diabetes, the best way you can improve your health is also look into what you are eating and combine a healthy diet with exercise.
Like anything else to do with exercise, it’s always best to consult your doctor first.
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