How many steps should you take per day if you want to avoid chronic diseases?

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that to be healthy you must walk about 10,000 steps a day. However, the magic number of steps that keeps the healthy body may be lower depending on the target you set for the healthnew research shows that counting steps can reduce the risk of chronic diseases common.

Using a wearable activity tracker to count and increase the number and intensity of steps taken daily may reduce the risk of diabetes, hypertension, obesity y sleep apneasay researchers at the University of California Medical Center. Vanderbilt Universityin United States.

Less obesity and depression

The study has found that from 8,200 steps per day (which is about 6.4 kilometers) increases the protection or reduces the risk of obesity, sleep apnea, sleep disease, depression, and depression. gastroesophageal reflux and the major depressive disorder.

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It also suggests that overweight individuals may reduce their risk of becoming obese by 64% if they increased their daily steps from 6,000 to 11,000. Between 8,000 and 9,000 steps, the risk decreased for most conditions as the number of steps increased, except for the risk of hypertension and diabetes.

Objective: prescribe physical activity personality.

While further studies are needed in a more diverse and representative population, these findings provide a necessary first step toward the development of personalized activity prescriptionsthey added. Wearables can encourage patients to exercise by enabling them to set, measure, and track their fitness goals.

The study, published last April in the journal ‘Nature Medicine,’ analyzed an average of four years of activity and health data from more than 6,000 participants, between May 30, 2018, and April 1, 2021, in the federal precision medicine research initiative. ‘All of Us‘ that used activity trackers Fitbit at least 10 hours a day and who provided access to their HERs.

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Study participants were between 41 and 67 years of age and had body mass indexes (BMI) ranging from 24.3 (healthy weight) to 32.9 (obese). Seventy-three percent of the participants were female and 71% percent had a college degree.

Launched in 2018 by the National Institutes of Health, the. ‘All of Us’ Research program. is a landmark effort to collect health data from 1 million or more Americans. To date, nearly 520,000 individuals have agreed to participate and more than 300,000 have provided access to their HERs.

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