Sep 17, 2010 Posted Under: Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers at the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center led by Dr. James O. Hill, say that if you never want to gain another pound of fat, find a way to walk two thousand more steps a day. And if you want to lose weight, find a way to walk 8,000 to 10,000 more steps a day.

Sedentary people in North America typically walk 2,000 to 3,000 steps a day, the equivalent of walking 1 to 1-1/2 miles throughout the day. Walking another mile a day protects against weight gain, and walking another four to five miles a day encourages weight loss.

Walking after meals: Walking, especially after meals, will help control your blood sugar levels and help combat insulin resistance. Besides having the immediate effect of clearing your blood of sugar, walking has far reaching benefits for people with diabetes. For 90% of diabetics who have Type 2 diabetes, perhaps the most valuable benefit is likely the long term increase in insulin sensitivity. The way insulin sensitivity is improved is by promoting weight loss, which in some cases in and of itself normalizes blood sugar levels.

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