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Add Walking to Your Diabetes Diet for Greater Benefits

Whitney | October 12th, 2012

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Previous studies have shown that daily physical activity can be an effective way to prevent type II diabetes or manage the condition after diagnosis. Now, another piece of research from Canada adds even more weight to the evidence. This study suggests that individuals living in walking-friendly communities tend to have a lower rate of diabetes than those living in areas where walking is not as conducive.

Combining Exercise with a Diabetes Diet

If daily walking offers a positive effect on type II diabetes, when it is combined with the right diabetes or pre diabetes diet, the results may be even more pronounced. Dr. Michael Kaplan, founder and chief medical officer for The Center for Medical Weight Loss, explains that achieving a healthy weight through a diabetic diet and exercise program can be the best way to prevent and manage the disease.

“We see diabetic patients all the time who lose weight and no longer need insulin,” Dr. Kaplan stated. “When patients lose five to 10 percent of their body weight, it is a given that they will reduce their blood sugar significantly; many no longer need medication.”

Walking Study may Include Pre Diabetes Diet Benefits

The study was conducted by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The study targeted all adults living in Toronto that did not currently have diabetes, which totaled around 1.2 million people. The group was mapped out between those that lived in walkable neighborhoods and those that did not. Between 2005 and 2010, the research team tracked both sectors of the population to determine which would develop type II diabetes during that time frame.

The study found that out of more than 200,000 residents living in neighborhoods where walking wasn’t easy, more than 6,000 ended up with type II diabetes. Of the nearly 250,000 living in walkable communities, less than 5,300 developed the condition. This adds up to a 32-percent greater risk of developing diabetes in neighborhoods where walking wasn’t a natural part of the lifestyle.

The study could not indicate whether the increase in physical activity, access to a better diabetes diet, or a combination of the two led to a lower incidence of the disease.

Physicians customize diabetic diet guidelines

If you are interested in lowering your diabetes risk through healthy dieting and regular physical activity, The Center for Medical Weight Loss offers physician-guided weight loss programs tailored to a patient’s specific needs. There are currently 450 centers nationwide helping people in reversing diabetes and authoring their own stories of weight loss success. Enter your zip code in the box at the right to find a center near you. Introductory offers are available at select locations for first-time visitors.