Science: Only 1,000 more steps each day already lower the cancer risk

The researchers at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Newcastle found that an additional movement of about 40 minutes a day is sufficient to reduce the risk of cancer and hospitalization. The physicians published the results of their study in the journal "Medical Journal of Australia".

Common walks enhance harmony and cohesion in a relationship. Researchers now found out that walking is also causing us to spend less time in the hospital during our lifetime. Reduced rates of cancer and diabetes can also be attributed to increased movement.(Photo: Robert Kneschke / fotolia.com)

Already 1000 steps a day have a positive effect on health from
In general, doctors often advise their patients to move more and be more physically active. The current study found that people who walk about 4,500 to 8,800 steps a day can reduce the number of days spent in the hospital and also reduce their personal cancer risk. The doctors said in the study, already 1,000 additional steps a day would cause affected persons to reduce their lifetime spent in the bed of a hospital by 9 percent. Every form of movement is better than no movement at all. And even more movement is even better, explains the author Dr. Ben Ewald.

Pedometer measures the number of subjects
Dr. Ewald and his research team recruited more than 2,100 subjects over 55 years for their study. With the help of a so-called pedometer, the physicians then recorded the steps of the subjects over a period of one week. The studies were conducted between 2005 and 2007 for one week each. Afterwards the hospital data of the participants were collected and evaluated up to March 2015, ie for a period of eight years, explained the scientists.

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Variable factors of the lifestyle were excluded
The medical experts used statistical adjustments,to exclude the variable factors of the lifestyle. These included, for example, the level of education, sex, the number of comorbidities( such as angina, myocardial infarction, asthma), the number of drugs taken, smoking and alcohol consumption.

Increased activity leads to fewer hospital stays
The results of the study showed that the more active people( more than 4,300 steps a day or about three kilometers) during his eight-year follow-up examination each year spent about a third day less in the hospital, the authors explain.

activity protects against all kinds of diseases
Considering the costs of a day in the hospital, a higher activity can allow the health system to make big savings, say the doctors. A reason to motivate more people to become more active, Dr. Ewald. In addition, higher grades were associated with less time in the hospital for cancer or diabetes. There were generally fewer hospitalizations for cancer in the more active group, the scientists explained. So one could say that activity protects against all kinds of diseases, including cancer, "the researchers conclude.

Perform more daily activities by walking
An average person goes about 6,000 steps a day, says Dr. Ewald. In order to achieve a higher number of people, people have to increase their casual activities. It is not necessary for those affected to walk a long distance at a time. The necessary activity can also be distributed throughout the day. For example, go with your children to school instead of driving with the author or if you want to go shopping, walk to the shops and leave your car, the experts guess.

More exercise protects your health and increases your fitness
People often meet for coffee, but it would be better if those involved walked together and walked along, explained the scientists. This has additional advantages. UInd Your overall fitness will increase even more if they take some jogging or running, instead of walking, and the researchers report.

Try to reach 8,000 steps a day
Increased intensity is great when you are capable of running or jogging. However, if you are not able to do so, normal walking leads to health benefits. Ideally, people should reach 10,000 steps per day, but 8,000 steps are already a good start, adds the physician.

Improved map could increase overall activity
The researchers also mentioned in their report that limited parking and improved urban planning could help improve the physical activity of the community.(as)

40 minutes daily movement protect against cancer and diabetes
Generally, most people should already know that exercise is good for our health. Researchers have now found that 40 minutes of additional walking a day can reduce our risk of cancer and diabetes and reduce the time that we have to spend in hospitals throughout our lives.

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