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New Study Shows Walking Reduces Risk of Diabetes

Aug 24, 2004

Researchers at Glasgow University have found the key to avoiding Type 2 diabetes. They believe 30 minutes of moderate exercise or walking every day could significantly reduce the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes.
The researchers examined 39 women who had at least one parent with Type 2 diabetes and compared them to 39 women who didn’t have any family history of the condition. Those who had a parent with diabetes were found to weigh more, have more body fat and were more resistant to insulin.

Although people with a parent who has Type 2 diabetes are three times more likely to get the condition themselves, the study found that taking part in regular exercise could make significant changes to the metabolism to reduce this risk.

Phil Casey, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK said: “We would welcome any study that reinforces the need for regular exercise and a balanced diet. Although these things are important for everyone, they would be especially beneficial to those who are at a higher risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. This would include people who have a family history of diabetes and those who are overweight. It is essential this risk is reduced, as the condition can lead to complications such as heart disease, kidney failure and blindness.”


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