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Walking May Help Prevent Painful Nerve Damage

separator Painful nerve damage, or neuropathy, is a common complication of diabetes. A recent study has shown that walking can reduce the risk of this condition.

The study looked at 78 men and women over a 4-year period. All participants had type 2 diabetes. They were divided into two groups: one that walked at least 4 hours per week, and one that remained inactive. None of the participants had neuropathy at the beginning of the study.

At the end of 4 years, 30 percent of the inactive people developed neuropathy, but in the group that walked regularly, only 6.5 percent developed neuropathy.

If you’d like to get started on a walking regimen, do it slowly and in small amount of time at first, and increase your time and distance gradually.

Source:
Diabetes Forecast, 2 October 2004



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