PARIS - People with a glucose-tolerance problem - a driver of diabetes and cardiovascular disease - can cut the risk of heart attack or stroke by simply walking an additional 2,000 steps per day , a study said on Friday. The experiment gathered more than 9,300 adults in 40 countries with so-called impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) who had also been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or were considered at risk from it.
They all received a “lifestyle modification programme,” advising them of the benefits of reducing body weight and dietary fat and doing regular exercise.
They were also issued with pedometers, which clocked up how many paces they walked each week, both at the start of the experiment and 12 months later.
Volunteers who added 2,000 steps - around 20 minutes of moderate walking - to their existing daily schedule reduced the cardiovascular risk by eight percent by the time of the study ended, six years later.2,000 extra steps a day cuts cardiovascular risk.