Although it is obvious exercise helps, it is good to have definitive evidence from good studies.
A large Australian study involving 5000 elderly women (average age 79) looked at the physical activity of these women for over a week.
After that, the women were followed up for the next seven years, and 400 of them developed
diabetes. Not surprisingly, women
with higher step count were found to be at lower risk of developing diabetes. Each extra 2000 steps per day was found to reduce the diabetes risk by 12% fall.
Another study from Sweden also showed that high daily step count reduces the risk of diabetes in elderly people.
The widely used daily target of 10,000 steps/day is good but even step counts lower than 10,000 steps , say 4500 to 6000 steps/day, are very beneficial.
Probably something is better than nothing!
Associations of Daily Steps and Step Intensity With Incident Diabetes in a Prospective Cohort Study of Older Women: The OPACH Study
Alexis C Garduno et al. Diabetes Care. 2022. (Diabetes Care doi:10.2337/dc21-1202).
Daily step count and incident diabetes in community-dwelling 70-year-olds: a prospective cohort study
Marcel Ballin et al. BMC Public Health. 2020. FULL TEXT.
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