Walking 6,000 steps a day boosts health of midlife women

23rd November 2011

Walking 6,000 or more steps each day boosts the health of women in midlife, according to a new study.

Research published in the Menopause journal revealed that achieving this level of physical activity drives down the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Other studies have shown how significant structured exercise can be to lower health risks like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

However, this discovery revealed that it does not matter how the steps are taken, whether they come from exercising or just daily living.

It was found that active women had a much lower chance of being obese or having metabolic syndrome or diabetes than those who failed to take this many steps a day.

This was true whether or not they had gone through menopause - at which point the risks usually rise, as well as whether they were using hormone therapy.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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