Chances are you already know that walking is one of the simplest and most effective ways to stay healthy: Regular brisk walks can raise levels of “good” HDL cholesterol, lower high blood pressure and may even reduce the risk of a heart attack as effectively as more vigorous activities such as jogging, according to the American Heart Association. Turns out that walking has some equally impressive effects on diabetes: ·A short stroll after a meal can lower blood sugar levels in the short run. ·A regular 30-minute walk five days a week can lower A1Cs (a measure of blood sugar levels over a span of two to three months). ·Walking can postpone—or even prevent—diabetes in people who are at risk. According to the Diabetes Prevention Program, 2 1/2 hours a week of moderate activity, mainly walking, along with a healthy diet low in fat and calories, can delay or prevent full-blown diabetes in folks with elevated glucose levels by 58 percent. ·Walking can affect drug treatment. A 2010 study at the University of Verona in Italy found that 33 percent of people taking oral meds who walked six to 12 times a month for four months were able to reduce their medication—or ditch it altogether. Sound good? Then click through for ways to make walking part of your own arsenal of diabetes management strategies.