Trying to beat the mid-life bulge You've just got to find the time to walk 6,000 steps a day <br>Strapping on a pedometer can lower the risk of conditions associated with the menopause, such as diabetes <br>

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10:46 GMT, 22 November 2012

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<br><p>It is the bane of many a woman's life once she hits middle age – the dreaded spare type that refuses to shift.</p><p>Now Brazilian researchers say they they have the answer – you just need to find the time to walk 6,000 steps a day. <br></p><p>Not only will it aid weight loss, but strapping on a pedometer and measuring at least that number of steps can lower the risk of conditions associated with the menopause – such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes. <br></p><p>Researchers followed 292 women in Passo Fundo, Brazil, between 45 to 72 and recorded their daily steps. <br></p>
<img src="http://www.big-wife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/2a98article-2236736-16291096000005DC-371_468x463.jpg" width="468" height="463" alt="Strapping on a pedometer and walking at least 6,000 steps can lower the risk of conditions associated with the menopause such as diabetes" class="blkBorder" />
<p class="imageCaption">Strapping on a pedometer and walking at least 6,000 steps can lower the risk of conditions associated with the menopause such as diabetes</p>
<p>They were given health checks such as
cholesterol and blood sugar and their waist and hip measurement was taken, to measure abdominal obesity – a risk for diabetes and cardiovascular
disease. <br></p>
<p>Women who took 6,000 or more steps per day were considered active and those who took fewer inactive.

</p><p>The study, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, found the active women were much less likely than the inactive ones to be obese. <br></p>
<img src="http://www.big-wife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/2c97article-2236736-16290ED4000005DC-667_233x423.jpg" width="233" height="423" alt="The report concluded for middle aged women, the journey to health begins with 6,000 steps" class="blkBorder" />
<p class="imageCaption">The report concluded for middle aged women, the journey to health begins with 6,000 steps</p>
<p>It also found they were less likely to have metabolic syndrome or diabetes, whether or not they had gone through menopause- the time of life when these risks usually go up.</p><p>The report said: 'For midlife women, it looks like the journey to health begins with 6,000 steps.'</p><p>Pedometers count the number of steps you take, whether you are walking or running. <br></p><p>It clips to a waistband or belt. <br></p><p>Previous studies have found using a pedometer could halve people&#8217;s chances of developing diabetes during middle age. <br></p><p>Volunteers who used the step-counting machines to walk for just half an hour a day for a year radically reduced their risk of suffering the disease.</p><p>Previous research has shown walking to be an excellent barometer of health.</p><p>Middle-aged people who walk slowly and have a poor grip could be at greater risk of dementia or stroke in later life, researchers at <br>
Boston Medical Centre found. <br></p><p>Those with a slower walking speed were found to be one and a half times more likely to develop dementia over the age of 65 compared with those who were more speedy.</p><p>Meanwhile, in 2008 researchers at Canterbury Christ Church University found that men with hypertension saw their blood pressure reduced for four hours after just a 30 minute walk.<br></p>