From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
People with type 2 diabetes need to stay physically active. Most are not, but researchers say sedentary diabetics can get on track.
University of Michigan scientists gave pedometers to two groups of people with diabetes. For the lifestyle group, every step taken throughout the day counted. Those in the structured group only got credit for walks that lasted at least 10 minutes.
Caroline Richardson found both groups increased their walking, but those in the lifestyle group liked the program better.
``Most people in the lifestyle group who significantly increased their walking did so by electing togo on longer walks, rather than by doing a few steps here and a few steps there, adding up throughout the day.’’ (9 seconds)
Richardson’s work is supported by the National Institutes of Health. The study was in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.
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Last revised: May 7, 2011