Walking may reduce type 2 diabetes risk for adults 65 and older
The more steps a person takes, and the more intense, the lower their risk for developing diabetes
if the average older adult were to take 2,000 more steps every day in addition to what they were already doing, they might expect a 12% reduction in diabetes risk
The primary aim of the study was to assess associations between total steps taken per day and the development of diabetes
The secondary aim was to evaluate whether step intensity or cadence influenced diabetes risk.
Of the 4,838 women in the study, 395 or 8% developed diabetes.
Adults 65 and older often live with mobility or disability challenges.
As physical activity drops their risk for Type 2 diabetes increases.
According to the American Diabetes Association, 1.5 million people are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
study indicates that regular stepping is indicative of lower diabetes risk in older adults.