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Walking can help prevent diabetes

Simply taking a 15-minute walk after meals can

Simply taking a 15-minute walk after meals can regulate your blood sugar and help prevent the onset of type-2 diabetes, according to researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Credit: iStock

Diabetes continues to be a big health problem for people older than 50, but you can reduce your chances of getting the disease with some easy steps: literally.

Simply taking a 15-minute walk after meals can regulate your blood sugar and help prevent the onset of type-2 diabetes, according to researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. The study was small, but researchers believe it offers "powerful evidence" that several short daily walks can be more beneficial to preventing diabetes than one long exercise session a day.

And if you're drinking soda sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, find a substitute. A separate British study found that drinking one can of soda with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup a day raised the risk of type-2 diabetes by 22 percent.

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