This is how walking can help you with serious health issues

“Walking is man's best medicine,” said a Greek physician Hippocrates. There is no doubt about that. Walking helps to control diabetes, prevent heart disease, decrease high blood pressure and increase bone density. Walking is a safe form of exercise. But you may need to take certain precautions if you have a serious health problem. Here's how this simple exercise can help you deal with some serious health conditions but remember to consult a doctor before performing any of these.

Osteoarthritis: You can start slow and take a leisurely 10-minute stroll. Not putting a lot of pressure on your joints, you can add a few minutes to your walk every day. Don't push yourself just because everyone says brisk walking is good. Take rest in between if you start feeling tired. Walk slowly so as not to put pressure on your joints.

Hypertension: Walking is perfect for you if you experience high blood pressure. Walk for 40 minutes every day if you experience hypertension. Patients of hypertension are recommended brisk walking. But even that depends on a person's physical condition. Reduce the pace, if you experience shortness of breath or pain in chest or feel dizzy.

Cardiovascular diseases: Walking keeps the heart healthy and also prevents complications later on in life. If you are already a patient of heart disease, you need to keep certain things in mind. If you are not used to doing any kind of exercises, start slow and gradually build up your speed. Contact your doctor immediately in case you feel uneasy.

Diabetes: Walking can help you maintain a healthy blood sugar level and an ideal body weight. Brisk walking is good for people who have diabetes. You need to take certain precautions, if you are diabetic. Eat something and wait for sometime if your sugar level is low. Do check before and after to get the desired results.

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