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[IP] Report Recommends Walking to Combat Diabetes

     Tuesday March 3 5:18 PM EST 
     Report Recommends Walking to Combat Diabetes
     CHICAGO (Reuters) - Walking as little as 30 minutes a day may help the 
     body improve the use of its own insulin and ward off diabetes, 
     according to a study published Tuesday. 
     "Our studies showed that, no matter what the activity is, increased 
     activity is related to improved insulin sensitivity," said Elizabeth 
     Mayer-Davis of the of the University of South Carolina, lead author of 
     the study. 
     "This is good news. It means that if nothing else, walking can improve 
     your health. You don't have to go to a gym unless you want to," she 
     Insulin sensitivity involves the body's ability to store food for 
     energy. When the body can not use its own insulin effectively, insulin 
     resistance -- and possibly diabetes -- develops. 
     The findings, published in this week's Journal of the American Medical 
     Association, were based on research done on 1,400 women from the ages 
     of 40 to 69, some of whom had normal blood sugar levels and others of 
     whom had a mild form of diabetes. 
     "Earlier research showed that vigorous physical activity, such as 
     running, could improve insulin sensitivity," said Mayer-Davis. "But we 
     were not sure what impact, if any, moderate physical activity would 
     have in improving the body's use of insulin." 
     Moderate physical activity includes walking briskly, climbing stairs, 
     gardening and doing many household chores. 
     The study found that even moderate physical activity led to better 
     insulin sensitivity. Mayer-Davis said the finding is important because 
     people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop 
     heart disease, and 75 percent of diabetics die of heart disease. 
     "Adults need to participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate 
     physical activity on most days of the week," she said. "These are 
     guidelines that already have been established by the (U.S.) Centers 
     for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports 
     Medicine ... any kind of physical activity is a good thing." 

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