An extremely common health condition affecting one in three U.S. adults, metabolic syndrome, leads to serious health conditions including heart disease and diabetes. A new study from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center found a connection between walking and a reduction in the risk of developing metabolic syndrome. TrekDesk Treadmill Desks facilitate increases in daily walking by allowing individuals to walk while they work.

The study, appearing in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, measured the effects of walking on metabolic syndrome tracking 1,446 adults with an average age of 47.5 years. Utilizing accelerometers study participants were grouped into three categories: sedentary (fewer than 5,000 steps per day), Low/Active (5,000-9,999 steps per day) and High/Active (10,000 steps per day).

As might be expected the sedentary group had the highest number of metabolic syndrome sufferers at 56%, but of the High/Active group only 13% had the syndrome.

Individuals with metabolic syndrome illustrate some or all of the following risk factors: high blood pressure, low levels of good cholesterol, high triglyceride levels, insulin resistance, excess fat deposits in the abdomen and increased blood glucose levels.

The study found that the more active an individual the less chance of having metabolic syndrome. The Low/Active had a 40% lower chance of developing the disease than the sedentary group. Individuals in the High/Active range had a 72% lower chance of developing the disease.

More interesting, each additional 1,000 steps (1/2 a mile) represented a 8-13% reduction in risk for metabolic syndrome related health problems.

The average American walks less than 5,000 steps per day which is a guarantee of poor health however this study is one of many showing the curative and preventative powers of walking.