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Walking Reduces Risk of Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Heart Disease Comparably to Running

Posted on Apr 16, 2013, 4:57:19 PM by healtheo360

While we all know that regular exercise is an important aspect of maintaining a long and healthy life, it can be difficult for many who wish to exercise to participate in strenuous cardiovascular activities. However, a new study published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology has demonstrated that brisk walking can reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease just as much as intense running!

Dr. Paul T. Williams and his research team examined 33,060 runners and 15,045 walkers over a period of six years. The team discovered that moderate walking and intense running actually yield comparable reductions in the likelihood for an individual to develop diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary heart disease.

"People are always looking for an excuse not to exercise, but now they have a straightforward choice to run or to walk and invest in their future health," Williams said. Heart disease support and protection is just a short walk away.

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