Want to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes? Try walking faster: Study claims ... trends now

Want to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes? Try walking faster: Study claims ... trends now
Want to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes? Try walking faster: Study claims ... trends now

Want to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes? Try walking faster: Study claims ... trends now

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Walking quickly not only gets you places faster, research suggests it might slash your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

Picking up the pace to 3.7 miles per hour (6kph) can reduce the risk by 39 per cent, with every 0.6mph (1kph) cutting it by a further 9 per cent.

Experts said it was something everyone could do as part of their daily lives to halt the diabetes timebomb.

Picking up the pace to 3.7 miles per hour (6kph) can reduce the risk by 39 per cent, with every 0.6mph (1kph) cutting it by a further 9 per cent

Picking up the pace to 3.7 miles per hour (6kph) can reduce the risk by 39 per cent, with every 0.6mph (1kph) cutting it by a further 9 per cent

An international team of researchers, including from Imperial College London, wanted to ascertain the optimal walking speed to stave off the disease.

They looked at ten studies published between 1999 and 2022, which included follow-up periods of between three and 11 years.

Some 508,121 adult patients were included in total, from across the UK, Japan and the US.

The team found walking at between1.8mph (3kph) and 3.1mph (5kph) reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 15 per cent when compared with walking at a pace of less than 3km an hour.

The risk reduced further with a faster pace, with a fairly brisk walk of between 3.1 (5kph) and 3.7 mph (6kph) is associated with a quarter (24 per cent) lower risk.

Those who walked at a speed of higher than 3.7mph (6kph) had a 39 per cent lower risk of developing the condition, according to the findings published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

This could be because people with a faster walking speed are more likely to be fitter, with greater muscle mass and better overall health.

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