Is walking or running better at lowering my diabetes risk?

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Which exercise is best for blood sugar, walking or jogging? The answer might surprise you . . .

In a recent study, walking briskly for 30 minutes five times a week appeared to be more effective than jogging when it came to lowering diabetes risk.

Okay, so walking definitely has it merits. But so does running -- and swimming, and hiking and biking. The kind of exercise that is best for you is something that you will do consistently -- whatever it may be. Just make sure you cover all the bases; you need a mix of strength, stamina and flexibility training in your routine.

As for walking vs. running: Both improve insulin sensitivity, which helps your body use glucose efficiently. But in a study, walking improved pancreatic function more than running did for a group of middle-aged, overweight, sedentary folks with high cholesterol. Why? Researchers suspect moderate-intensity exercise ramps up fat burning more than vigorous-intensity exercise -- and that could explain the results. 

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