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In tests carried out on high risk of diabetes volunteers, those who walked for just half an hour a day for a year, dramatically reduced their risk of developing diabetes.
The test subjects were split into three groups:
- Control group given a short information leaflet.
- Group given a three hour lecture on the disease.
- A Group given the three hour lecture PLUS were given a pedometer and helped to set targets.
After one year, those in group three saw their blood sugar levels fall by 15%, whereas neither of the other two groups saw any significant falls.
The use of a pedometer in this test is significant, because this type of simple tool can help with motivation and allows subjects to monitor their own progress in a measured way.