Women in Midlife benefited from Walking over 6,000 Steps Daily

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(Best Syndication News) - Get moving and counting at least 6,000 steps daily may improve the health outcome for women in midlife. A study found that increasing activity decreased the risk for diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The researchers will be publishing their findings in the journal of the North American Menopause Society, Menopause.

While walking is the most obvious way to get 6,000 steps, it need not be from that activity. There were 292 women between 45 and 72 years old participating in the study. They wore pedometers that counted the number of steps they took each day. The participants were also measured for cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and waist and hip circumference. The researchers categorized the women who took over 6,000 steps as being active; those who stepped less were considered inactive.

The researchers found that active women had a reduced risk for being obese, having metabolic syndrome or obvious diabetes, when compared to those considered inactive. The risk for these conditions did not change if the women had gone through menopause. The researchers said that the women's risk was not changed if they were using hormone therapy.

The results suggest that taking at least 6,000 steps daily is beneficial for women's health.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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