Walking 6,000 steps daily reduces risk of cardiovascular disease: Study

However, the study found no association between increasing the number of steps and lowering of CVD risk for younger adults.

The study discovered a progressive reduction in CVD risk for people who walked up to 15,000 steps per day.
The study discovered a progressive reduction in CVD risk for people who walked up to 15,000 steps per day.

Walking has numerous health benefits and it also helps prevent certain diseases. While we know its benefits for young adults, a study has now found that walking between 6,000 to 9,000 steps daily can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in older adults.

The researchers of the study, published in the journal Circulation, walking between 6,000 to 9,000 steps reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes, by around 50 percent.

Data of over 20,000 people in the United States and 42 other countries were observed during the study. The average age of these people was 63.2 years, plus or minus 12.4 years. Out of 20,000 people, 52 percent were women.

The study found that for every 1,000 steps added, there was an incremental reduction in CVD risk.

“There was no upper limit at which there was no additional benefit in our study. Each incremental increase was associated with lower heart disease risk in older adults,” said Dr Amanda Paluch.

Dr Paluch is a physical activity epidemiologist and kinesiologist at the US-based University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The study discovered a progressive reduction in CVD risk for people who walked up to 15,000 steps per day.

However, the study found no association between increasing the number of steps and lowering of CVD risk for younger adults.

However, Dr Paluch said that he was not surprised given that cardiovascular disease is primarily a disease of the elderly. According to the study, only 4.2 percent of younger adults had a subsequent CVD event, compared to 9.5 percent of older adults.

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