Habitual physical activity that adds up to moving 6,000 or more steps a day may protect women's health in midlife, because, whether through formal exercises or just the activities of daily life, this level of activity is linked to a lower risk for developing diabetes and metabolic syndrome in midlife women.

This was the finding of new research from Brazil published online ahead of print on 19 November in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

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