In July 2022, Diabetes Care published the findings.
According to the results of a recent study involving over 1,700 American adults with prediabetes or diabetes, walking 10,000 steps per day may lower the risk of death for people who have problems controlling their blood sugar.
Using information from the CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which was gathered between 2005 and 2006, researchers from the University of Seville in Spain assessed American people with prediabetes and diabetes.
For seven days straight, the study participants wore an accelerometer around their waists to track their steps. Age, sex, ethnicity, smoking, drinking, food, and use of diabetes medications were all taken into account by the researchers.
Over a nine-year period, 138 persons with diabetes and 200 prediabetics passed away. Walking close to 10,000 steps per day was optimal for lowering the risk of death from any cause for those with prediabetes and diabetes, according to those who survived after follow-up.
According to the study’s authors, more research is needed to compare the mortality rates of adults who are healthy enough to walk 10,000 steps per day to those who are not.
The study’s authors advise seeking medical advice on developing a programme that fits for your physical capabilities if completing 10,000 steps per day seems overwhelming.