10,000 steps halves diabetes risk

SEDENTARY middle-aged adults who increase their walking to 10,000 steps a day can halve their risk of diabetes over five years, Australian research shows.

Study participants who walked 10,000 steps daily – about 8 km – had a threefold improvement in insulin sensitivity after five years compared with those who walked 3000 steps five days a week.

The research ­ involving 592 healthy Tasmanians participating in the population-based AusDiab study – showed those achieving the higher number of daily steps also had lower BMI and waist-to-hip ratios.The study’s lead author, Professor Terry Dwyer, director of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, said the results extended previous evidence from randomised trials which had shown exercise and diet interventions reduced the risk of diabetes in patients with prediabetes.

“Those who took 10,000 steps a day compared to those who took almost no steps probably