According to research published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, taking up to 10,000 steps per day may be associated with a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer and all-cause mortality, as well as the incidence of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
A group of international researchers found in a September 12 study that higher stride intensity can provide additional benefits.
The group used data from the UK biobank study from 2013 to 2015, including 78,500 individuals in the study population, which included adults aged 40 to 79 in England, Scotland and Wales.
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Participants – 55% of whom were women with an average age of 61 and most were white – were invited by email to participate in an accelerometer study.
UK adults wore Axivity AX3 wrist accelerometers, which measured daily step counts and established cadence-based stride intensity measurements.
Their monitored health was a median of seven years.
Morbidity and mortality were ascertained until October last year and data analyzes were performed in March 2022.
During those years, 1,325 participants died from cancer and 664 died from cardiovascular disease.
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Using statistical models, the researchers said that more daily steps were associated with a lower risk of mortality, as well as less incident illness.
“Steps performed at a higher cadence may be associated with further risk reduction, particularly for incident disease,” the study noted.
Every 2,000 steps showed that the risk of premature death could decrease by 8% -11%.
Limitations to the study include that the study design precludes the authors from making causal claims, that step count data was collected only once at the start of the study, that covariates were not measured at the wear date of the study. accelerometer, that some potential for reverse causation may still exist, that the UK biobank had a very low response rate and that the participants were not representative of the overall UK population, that residual or unmeasured confounding may still be present and that the relative energy cost of walking and other daily activities is higher in the elderly.
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A related study published in JAMA Neurology also found that walking up to 10,000 steps per day – and more steps at higher intensity – may be associated with a lower risk of developing dementia.