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Keep moving or die!

Well, maybe a bit sensationalistic but researchers at the University of Missouri conducted a study examining a group who cut the number of steps they took in half.  What’s interesting is that the test subjects were all moderately healthy in terms of their physical fitness, they averaged 10,000 – 13,000 steps per day.  During the study their blood glucose levels were measured before and after.  The subjects restricted walking to less than 5,000 steps per day.  Significant blood glucose spikes were found after eating when subjects walked less than 5,000 steps per day, these findings were not found when they walked their normal amount.

These findings show a propensity towards decreased health and possibly disease attributed to high blood sugar such as heart disease and type II diabetes in those who are inactive.  What is scary is that these results were seen in otherwise healthy individuals and were seen before they had a chance to have any sedentary changes such as increased fat.

Source: NYTimes Study: Study  Photo: Björn Láczay CC BY 2.0


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