Regular Walks Can Ease PAD Pain
A third of people with diabetes over the age of 50 are estimated to have peripheral artery disease (PAD). This condition is caused by clogged blood vessels in the legs and can make walking painful. But walking, it seems, may also be the key to improving PAD, a study found. Researchers enrolled 194 people with PAD, a third of whom had diabetes, to attend either a 90-minute session of group counseling plus walking or a 60-minute general health class each week. Those in the first group were also encouraged to walk five days per week, working up to 50 minutes per exercise session, and to keep a record of their efforts. By the end of the six-month study, the walkers were able to walk 175 feet farther with less pain in six minutes than the health-class group.
Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association, July 3, 2013