Among older adults, levels of physical activity, such as walking, that are too low increase the risk of heart disease and even death. Californian researchers studied how type 2 diabetes influences the effect of exercise on heart disease and death among older Mexican Americans. This study included 1,676 adults from the Sacramento area of California. Over an average of 8 years, the researchers found that low levels of physical activity were linked to an increased risk of early death and disease from heart problems. These findings were worse for people with diabetes. This shows that public health programs targeting diabetes prevention and management would be a good strategy to prevent heart disease and death among older Mexican Americans who do not exercise. Furthermore, it would be better to encourage seniors to aim for at least 4,000 steps per day.
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