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How to Reduce Your Risk of an Early Death

Summary: A 20 minute daily walk can reduce the risk of premature death.
Air Date: 2/4/15
Duration: 10
Host: Mike Smith, MD
How to Reduce Your Risk of an Early Death
The lack of exercise, lifestyle habits, and a healthy diet are the main contributors to many health issues such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. If you're someone who doesn't like to run or use the gym, you can still reduce your risk of an early death by walking for 20 minutes a day.

A recent study conducted rom Cambridge's Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit used recent data of 9.2 million European deaths among men and women. Approximately 337,000 deaths were caused by obesity, but 676,000 were from physical inactivity.

Researchers also wanted to measure the link between physical inactivity and premature death from data of 334,161 men and women in Europe. Only a quarter men and women from the data were categorized as inactive. Over a 12-year period, in those men and women who moved from the inactive category to moderate activity, the risk of premature death decreased.

Walking has numerous health benefits such as boosting your mood, strengthening your bones, maintaining a healthy weight, improving your balance, and shedding your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.

How else can walking improve your heath?

Dr. Mike discusses the recent study that shows walking daily for 20 minutes can reduce your risk of an early death, and the numerous health benefits associated with walking.

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