Walking May Help Prevent Painful Nerve Damage
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
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.
Diabetes Forecast, 2 October 2004