Walking this number of steps every day can reduce dementia risk by 50%

Posted on November 03, 2022

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Walking 10,000 steps a day can cut the risk of dementia in half, and for those who can’t walk so far, just 4,000 daily steps can reduce dementia risk by a quarter, a new study finds.

The analysis of data from more than 78,000 adults also revealed that half an hour of walking at a brisk pace was associate with a 62% decline in the risk of dementia, according to the report published in JAMA Neurology.

“Probably the biggest takeaway is that 10,000 steps may be the optimal number of steps to reduce the risk of dementia, cutting it by 50%,” said the study’s first author, Borja del Pozo Cruz, an adjunct associate professor at Southern Denmark University and a senior researcher in health at the University of Cadiz in Cadiz, Spain. “Faster steps provide superior results.”

Medicine, found that participants who walked briskly, about 80 to 100 steps a minute, even for short periods had a 30% lower risk of developing dementia compared to people who walked roughly the same amount at a slower pace. They also had reduced risk of developing cancer and cardiovascular disease. Essentially, the data showed that walking briskly for even just few thousand steps can improve health outcomes.