How a Pedometer Can Help You Prevent Diabetes

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Hi, I'm Dr. Oz with a quick tip that helps to prevent diabetes. When was the last time you clipped that pedometer onto your waistband? Well, if you can't remember, here's a good reason to dust it off. In a recent study, researchers in Australia used pedometers to calculate participants average number of daily steps over the course of five years.

People whose pedometers showed an increase in steps overtime had better insulin sensitivity at the end of the study. That's a good sign for anyone who wants to avoid and prevent diabetes, because insulin helps your body use blood sugar. You may wonder how much you need to walk to improve your insulin sensitivity. Researchers estimated that a mostly sedentary person could improve their insulin sensitivity nearly three folds by working up from 3, 000 steps every five days to 10, 000 steps a day. Another bonus, the people who hoofed it, lost more weight. Join me in walking your way to good health, and keep watching for more smart health tips.