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article imageType 2 diabetes? Short walk reduces heart attack and stroke risk

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 21, 2013 in Health
An international study suggests that walking for 20 minutes a day can dramatically reduce heart attack or stroke risk in those with precursor to Type 2 diabetes. The study looked at data from 9,300 people in 40 countries from the 'Navigator' trial.
"The findings provide the strongest evidence yet for the importance of physical activity in high risk populations," one of the study authors, Dr. Thomas Yates of the University of Leicester, said. "And (the findings) will inform diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention programs worldwide."
Dr. Yates added that their study found adding additional steps to the walk made for an even greater reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. The researchers say they found that each addition of 2,000 more steps a day from the number taken at the commencement of the walking program lead to a 10 percent reduced risk.
"Changing physical activity levels through simply increasing the number of steps taken can substantially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease," Dr. Yates noted. There was no difference in the conclusions of the study when age, sex, body mass index and initial activity level were factored in.
Medical journal Lancet
Published on Friday, Dec. 20 in the online medical journal, The Lancet the work was titled "Association between change in daily ambulatory activity and cardiovascular events in people with impaired glucose tolerance."
The study noted that there are 344 million people worldwide, or 7.9 percent of the planet's population, with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT)
"While several studies have suggested that physical activity is beneficially linked to health in those with IGT," Dr. Yates said. "This is the first study to specifically quantify the extent to which change in walking behaviour can modify the risk."
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