Features March 2008 Issue

Walking Puts Distance Between You and Metabolic Syndrome

Forty-five minutes of moderate-intensity daily exercise is the key to improved health and disease prevention.

Metabolic syndrome has put 50 million people in the U.S. at increased risk for developing coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, metabolic syndrome can be reversed with weight loss achieved through diet and exercise. A study published in the Dec. 15 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology now tells us how much exercise, and what type, leads to better health. "It seems that duration, more than intensity, is the critical component," says Cleveland Clinic exercise physiologist Gordon Blackburn, PhD.

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