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Activity on the Job Important for People with Diabetes

separator A study published in the journal Circulation has shown that the more active people with diabetes are on the job, the less likely they are to die of heart disease. The study looked at more than 3,000 people who had type two diabetes, and most of those people were of working age.

Participants were asked whether the jobs required light physical activity (someone with a desk job, for example), moderate (such as someone who works in a shop) or active (factory worker, farm workers, etc.). They were also asked whether they walked, rode a bike, or drove (including public transportation) to work, and they were asked how active they were in their leisure time.

Results showed that the people who had an active job or who participated in more than three hours a week of strenuous activity were a third less likely to die of heart disease.

If you have a job that requires little activity, see where you can add some exercise throughout your day. Can you take the dog for a longer walk in the morning and evening? Can you take the stairs instead of the elevator? How about a walk during your lunch hour? Or a workout while you’re watching television? All of these little extras can add up to make a big impact on the quality of your life.

Source:
Circulation, July 2004



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