March 4, 1998 in Nation/World

Brisk Walk Can Stem Diabetes, Says Study

Associated Press

Walking briskly for a half-hour daily will not only help you live longer and be good for your heart, it also may help you avoid diabetes, researchers say.

Vigorous exercise is known to improve the body’s ability to use insulin, the hormone needed by muscle cells to absorb blood sugar to make energy, researchers noted in today’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

But whether moderate activity helps people avoid diabetes has been unclear, said the researchers, led by Elizabeth J. Mayer-Davis of the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

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