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Counting Steps Can Reduce Disease Risk: Study


The study found that increasing the number of steps taken each day can reduce the risk of several common chronic diseases.

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A study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center found that the risk of certain common chronic diseases can be lowered with the use of a wearable activity tracker.

Physicians also could use data from these trackers to customize exercise plans based on a patient's clinical characteristics and risk profile, according to the study.

The researchers analyzed the health data of more than 6,000 FitBit-wearers in the federal All of Us precision medicine research initiative for a period of four years on average.

They found that obesity, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and major depressive disorder could be prevented by taking over 8,200 steps daily.

The study also found that after reaching 8,000 to 9,000 daily steps, there was no further reduction in the risk of hypertension or diabetes.


From Vanderbilt University Medical Center
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