I’ve written before about the effects of inactivity on heart health. And if that wasn’t enough to motivate you to move, this article might.

A new study has shown that just two weeks of inactivity can trigger diabetic symptoms in vulnerable people. The study asked prediabetic patients to reduce their activity to just 1,000 steps a day (remembering that 10,000 is ideal). This scenario was designed to mimic what might happen to someone that was temporarily incapacitated such as an illness or surgery.

The impact was startling.

The short time of little activity increased blood sugar levels and brought the study participants much closer to becoming a type 2 diabetic. Even more surprisingly, some participants didn’t return to their pre-study level of health after two weeks of returning to their normal activity levels.

If we think of the amount of people who are bed-ridden, even just temporarily, it’s easy to see how the incidence of diabetes is only increasing among the population.

This study did look at vulnerable patients, but it has outcomes for even the healthiest of us. Inactivity is harmful.

I don’t know about you, but I’m still aiming for at least 10,000 steps!

Read the study: Failed Recovery of Glycemic Control and Myofibrillar Protein Synthesis With 2 wk of Physical Inactivity in Overweight, Prediabetic Older Adults

Dr Carmen Hunwardsen owns and operates Carmen’s Spinal Care, a busy North Brisbane chiropractic clinic in Everton Hills.