Finally, in the news this week, let’s take a look at a large international study on pre-diabetics and their risk for cardiovascular disease. The study looked at people with impaired glucose tolerance or IGT. This is a common marker for people who are at risk for developing diabetes.
350 Million Pre-Diabetics Worldwide
The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that nearly 350 million people worldwide have IGT, representing about 8% of adults. Projections have this number rising to almost 475 million by the year 2030. The study of these people found that taking an extra 2,000 steps daily have a benefit of cutting these individuals heart attack risk by about 8 percent.
We know that pre-diabetics have an increased cardiovascular disease risk. For many of them, asking for a significant exercise commitment is met with resistance. With this study, a mere 2,000 step increase had a significant effect on their long term health. 2,000 more steps is doable for many people by parking farther away from work or the store in the parking lot and other small lifestyle changes.
Increased Activity Worked for All in Study
The study comes from the UK’s University of Leicester. Dr. Thomas Yates, author of the study, said that the study’s benefits worked even for patients who were obese or vastly sedentary in their activity level prior to the starting the additional steps. This just points out to me that it is still the small interventions and changes that have the biggest appreciable impact on a patient’s life.
This is the backbone of nursing practice and intervention and just goes to show us all the importance of what we’re doing as nurses. Keep it up and keep the faith!
Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Bacterial Meningitis Review and Episode 277.