A study suggests that a faster course may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, PA reported.
Its authors found that people who move at speeds higher than three kilometers per hour are less likely to develop diabetes, and those who walk at more than six kilometers per hour are less likely to get sick by 39 percent. According to the International Diabetes Federation worldwide, about 537 million people suffer from diabetes.
In June, in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, scientists predicted that by 2050 the number of patients worldwide could reach 1.3 billion.
The authors of the study, from Imperial College London, the University of Medical Sciences in Iran and Oslo New University College in Norway, set a goal of determining the optimal speed of movement to prevent disease.
The researchers analyzed data from ten studies published between 1999 and 2022 on 508,121 adult patients from the UK, Japan and the US.
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They found that walking at a speed of between three and five kilometers per hour reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 15 percent compared to slower at a speed of less than three kilometers per hour. The risk drops even further - about 24 percent less risk, at a faster pace, between five and six kilometers per hour.
Walking is free, simple, and most people can incorporate it into their regular activities, such as while going to work, shopping or meeting friends, said Neil Gibson, senior physical activity adviser at Diabetes UK.
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