Walking: a matter of quantity and quality physical activity for type 2 diabetes management

Johnson, Steven T.; Boulé, NOrmand G.; Bell, Gordon J.; Bell, Rhonda C.
August 2008
Applied Physiology, Nutrition & Metabolism;Aug2008, Vol. 33 Issue 4, p797
Academic Journal
Walking is often prescribed as a mode of physical activity for people with type 2 diabetes (T2D). We and others have found that although people with T2D may increase the amount that they walk (e.g., more steps per day), improvements in key health outcomes are rarely achieved. We agree that walking is an acceptable approach for people with T2D to meet current clinical practice guidelines, but consideration of both the total number of daily steps and the walking speed of a portion of those total daily steps are necessary to gain health benefit. On prescrit souvent la marche comme activité physique à pratiquer aux individus souffrant de diabète de type 2 (T2D). D’après des études et les nôtres en font partie, même en marchant davantage (plus de pas dans une journée, par exemple), on observe rarement de l’amélioration au plan de la santé chez ces individus. La marche demeure une bonne stratégie d’intervention auprès des individus souffrant de T2D, car elle s’inscrit dans les lignes directrices pour la pratique clinique. Il convient cependant de les amener à marcher plus (augmenter le nombre de pas) et occasionnellement plus vite pour obtenir des bénéfices au plan de la santé.


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