Older adults who walked 6,000 to 9,000 steps three to four miles per day were 40 to 50 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke than those who walked one mile (2,000 steps) per day, according to research published in the journal.
According to US-based news outlet The Washington Post, the findings are based on data from eight studies involving 20,152 people aged 18 and over who were tracked with a device that measures their walking and their health over an average of six years.
More activities that people age 60 and older take reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The study found no association between youth activity and CVD risk. A possible reason for that, the researchers wrote, is that CVD is usually a “disease of old age” when risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes have progressed over the years.
The researchers found no correlation between walking distance and specific types of heart disease, such as heart failure or arrhythmias, but with heart disease in general. The study also found that brisk walking had no added benefit.
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