Taking 10,000 steps every day can reduce the risk of diabetes, new research has claimed. The study showed that people who raised the amount of steps they took up to 10,000 steps per day over a five-year period experienced an improvement in their insulin sensitivity, had less fat around the middle, and also had a lower body mass index (BMI).
The research, which was published in journal British Medical Journal, involved respondents being asked an initial range of questions concerning their lifestyle, as well as a physical examination . They also had to wear a pedometer so that the amount of steps taken each day could be measured accurately.
It was shown that those in the group who managed to build up to 10,000 steps each day and continued with this number of steps from then on saw a threefold improvement in their insulin sensitivity as compared with those people who only increased their number of steps to 3,000 a day.
The study reported that “These findings, confirming an independent beneficial role of higher daily step count on body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio, and insulin sensitivity, provide further support to promote higher physical activity levels among middle-aged adults.”

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