Study links higher walking speeds to reduced type 2 diabetes risk

Photo by: WDAY Radio File (Canva)
Photo by: WDAY Radio File (Canva)

(United Kingdom) -- Walking is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, and the speed could determine how much.

A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows brisk walking is linked to a nearly 40% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. The study's lead author said that previous studies showed that walking frequently was linked to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, with more time spent walking per day connected to lower risk. But this study offers new information on speed and how that affects risk.

It shows that those who walked at an average or normal pace only had a 15% lower risk compared to that 40% who walked briskly. Overall, the study concluded that walking is an important way to improve your health, but the intensity of the walk likely matters when it comes to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. 

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