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Higher step count linked to lower yearly risk of death, up to a point


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Higher step count linked to lower yearly risk of death, up to a point

By Jason Arunn Murugesu Walking is a great way to exerciseYin Yang/Getty ImagesThe higher your daily step count, the lower your risk of death per year, according to a new analysis by the US National Cancer Institute – but the link only goes so far. Public health officials have long encouraged walking as a way…

Higher step count linked to lower yearly risk of death, up to a point

By Jason Arunn Murugesu

Woman walking

Walking is a great way to exercise

Yin Yang/Getty Images

The higher your daily step count, the lower your risk of death per year, according to a new analysis by the US National Cancer Institute – but the link only goes so far.

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Public health officials have long encouraged walking as a way of improving general health, but many longitudinal studies on its benefits have focused on people in their early 60s and have sometimes ignored minority groups, such as people who aren’t white.

The new analysis looked at 4840 people who were representative of the US population over the age …

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