Friday, December 7, 2007

10,000 Steps Program Helps Type 2 Diabetes

Monitoring 10,000 Steps Program with a Pedometer Helps Type 2 Diabetes

By Bodytrends Health and Fitness

Doctors have been telling patients with type 2 diabetes that increasing physical activity can help them lose weight, lower their blood pressure and reduce complications associated with diabetes.

Two recent research teams reported some modest improvements in fitness for individuals who utilized a Steps program in which a pedometer is used to track their activity during the day. A pedometer attaches to the waistband of the pants and keeps count of each step taken. High-end models can report distance in miles, speed, heart rate and caloric burn.

In one study, 125 obese men and women with type 2 diabetes walked an average of 4,364 steps daily at the beginning of the study, following an outlined program. The participants attended weekly meetings for the first month and discussed goals for improving fitness, went on group walks and shared ideas on how to overcome obstacles.

After the first month the participants were on their own to walk as much as they could. At the end of four months, the group met again.

After 16 weeks the group had basically doubled their activity level, with some reaching 10,000 steps a day.

The majority of the participants increased their physical activity level, saw a small reduction in blood pressure, waist size and body mass index (BMI) according to the research reported to the American Diabetic Association.

In the second study, conducted by Vanderbilt followed 87 men and women with type 2 diabetes.

Half the group got pedometers and instructions to increase their steps per day by 1,500 each month or 10%, whichever was greater. The other half got a standard talk on exercising more and eating healthfully.

Step counts on the pedometer peaked at 9 weeks with approximately 7,500 steps.

They reported some success in the group, noting that some individuals were able to reach the 10,000 steps per day goal.

The researchers reported that they felt that the addition of a pedometer to a diabetes management program was useful in some patients. Shop for pedometers at