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Taking 7,000 Steps Daily May Reduce Risk of Premature Death

Increasing the number of steps taken daily has been linked with several health benefits, including improved heart health, strengthened lungs, and improved blood sugar. According to a new study, taking 7,000 steps daily may reduce the risk of premature death by 50%.

Participants in the study included 2,100 adults with an average age of 45 who took part in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults study. They wore an accelerometer for one year that was used to measure how many steps they took daily. Participants were followed for an average of 10.8 years and all deaths were recorded.

The researchers found that participants who took between 7,000 and 9,999 steps daily had a 50% reduced risk of premature death compared to those who took less than 7,000 steps. Those who took more than 10,000 steps daily had a 70% reduced risk of premature death. These results held after considering factors including age, race, smoking history, alcohol consumption, and dietary habits. No association was found between step intensity and risk of premature death.

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Massachusetts and the University of Alabama. It was published online ahead of print on September 3, 2021 in the journal JAMA Network Open.

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