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Do you walk for health? Walking speed matters

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Walking is the simplest form of exercise, no one doubts this. However, now scientists have tested whether the pace of walking itself matters. The results may surprise you.

Physical activity is essential for health. At the same time, experts like to repeat that any activity is always better than no activity. Walking is the simplest form of exercise, and many studies show that walking is critical for preventing and managing diabetes. Now a group of researchers from Iran has decided to study the importance of walking pace. The results of their work were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The main finding: brisk walking is associated with almost 40 percent. lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Walking and diabetes risk

“Previous studies have shown that frequent walking was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes in the general population, in the sense that the risk was lower in people who spent more time walking each day,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. . Ahmad Jaedi from Semnan University of Medical Sciences in Iran. However, he added, previous results did not provide specific guidance on the optimal walking speed needed to reduce the risk of developing diabetes.

The authors reviewed 10 previous studies conducted between 1999 and 2022 that assessed the association between walking speed and the development of type 2 diabetes among adults in the US, UK and Japan. After an average follow-up of eight years, it was found that people who walked at an average or normal pace had a 15% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. lower compared to people who walked slower. In turn, brisk walking brought the greatest benefit: the risk decreased by as much as 39%.

What does it mean: fast walking pace?

Scientists have determined exactly what a fast walking pace means. Light or easy walking was defined as walking at a speed of 3.2 km per hour. The average or normal walking pace is between 3.2 and 4.8 km per hour. A “fairly fast” pace ranged from 4.8 to 6.4 km per hour. Whereas “fast walking” is 6.4 km per hour.

Designed by: Katarzyna Swierczyńska
Source: CNN Health, zdrowie.wprost.pl
  • Physical activity
  • Diabetes
  • Scientific reports
  • Prevention and treatment

Source: Wprost

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