Walk Away From Diabetes

Walk from Diabetes PedometerHaving diabetes might be a drag but there is some good news out there concerning this disease. Studies are continually ongoing to give us a better understanding of diabetes along with the health risks associated with it and hopefully one day a cure. Researchers in Australia conducted a study from 2000-2005 that shed some light as well as pounds when it comes to diabetes.

This study had had 525 participants that stretched over the entire continent. Each participant was diabetic and it was given for each one a pedometer. Before the study took off, all 525 participants had their health examined. They also opened up to researches about what they ate, when they ate and about their lifestyles in general. Why is this beneficial to the rest of us in the diabetic world? It showed to those who are overweight that dropping those unhealthy pounds can mean a big difference when it comes to living a healthy life with diabetes. It also showed to those who are not overweight that all the hard work at the gym and eating right has put us on the road to success.

The Australian study showed that diabetics who began walking more lost weight. Their body mass indexes (BMI) went down as did their waist to hip ratio. Effectively, all these factors lead to participants having better insulin sensitivity. The study even took into account people who used tobacco and indulged in alcohol and included people with different diets. Researchers concluded that getting up and getting active and ultimately losing weight is what left some participants with a better sensitivity to insulin.

What does this mean for diabetics? It means get off the couch and start moving! This is really easy and doesn’t have to cost a thing. Even diabetics at a healthy weight that do not currently exercise on a regular basis should start. Lace up those sneakers and walk around the neighborhood after dinner or in the morning. Stop boredom by switching things up. Try running one day and speed walking the next or go hiking on the weekends. No matter the method to your stepping, it’s important to get at least 10,000 steps in every day.  Going from an inactive lifestyle to one of activity is a great way to jumpstart a healthy new life. Not only will you feel better then you have in a long time, but you’ll look better too.

 

According to the study at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, participants who lived a sedentary life and began walking 10,000 steps a day tripled their improvement in insulin sensitivity. This was opposed to those who only walked about 3000 steps a day for five days out of the week. This study should give all diabetics hope and a reason to start moving again. This study also sends those with diabetes a strong message. Life doesn’t have to stop because you have diabetes. In fact, having diabetes could be the push for those living a sedentary lifestyle to get out there and try something new.

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