Lowering your diabetes risk may be as easy as walking to work. Researchers in Japan studied roughly 8,600 middle-aged men who were working for the same company. The men had sedentary jobs. None had diabetes, but about a third had pre-diabetes (fasting blood sugar between 100 and 125).
Over the next four years, those who walked at least 21 minutes to get to work had a 25 percent lower risk of diabetes than those who walked for 10 minutes or less.
What to do: Find some way to walk—or get other exercise—every day. Exercise can lower your risk of diabetes by making your body more sensitive to insulin even if you don’t do vigorous activity or lose weight.
Source: Diabetes Care 30: 2296, 2007.
Other relevant links:
- Are they equally effective for weight loss? See: Walking vs. Running to Lose Weight
- Aerobic and strength training are important for bone health. See: Exercise for Health: Does Exercise Help Bones?
- Regular exercise and a healthy weight are important in preventing diabetes. See: Diabetes and Diet: How Do Weight and Exercise Affect Your Risk of Diabetes?