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Prevent Diabetes with This Gadget

Prevent Diabetes with This Gadget

Looking for an easy way to prevent diabetes? Start using your pedometer.

Boosting your pedometer to 10,000 steps a day could help prevent diabetes—especially if you're not hoofing it that much right now.

The Magic Number of Steps
In one study, researchers in Australia used pedometers to calculate participants' average number of daily steps over the course of 5 years. And people whose pedometers showed an increase in steps over time had better insulin sensitivity at the end of the study—a good sign for anyone who hopes to avoid and prevent diabetes, because insulin helps your body use blood sugar. Just how much do you need to ramp up to improve insulin sensitivity? Researchers estimated that based on the study results, a mostly sedentary person could improve his or her insulin sensitivity nearly threefold by working up from 3,000 steps every 5 days, to 10,000 steps a day.

Stepping Away from Diabetes
Not only did the big steppers have better insulin sensitivity after 5 years, but their body mass indexes and waist-to-hip ratios had also improved over the course of the study. Which led researchers to believe the blood sugar health benefits may have been a direct result of the leaner, healthier body compositions that result from extra steps.

Medically reviewed in June 2018.

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