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Many people the world monitor how many steps they walk every day. This is due to studies that suggest 10,000 steps a day is enough to help us stay healthy and live longer. A new study says just 4,000 steps a day could be the magic number us to live well old age. Researchers the Johns Hopkins University Medicine analyzed 17 studies that looked how far people walked the week. The scientists concluded that 4,000 steps day reduced the risk dying from diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and other life-threatening conditions. Study author Dr Seth Shay Martin said 4,000 steps is roughly a 30- to 45-minute walk, or three to four kilometres.

The study is published the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. The research looked health and exercise data from more than 225,000 adults worldwide seven years. They had an average age 64. Some people were good health, while others suffered heart problems. Dr Martin said his conclusion that 4,000 steps were beneficial was a minimum amount. He said: "I wouldn't want people to look that as a magical number, that you must walk that exact step count. More is better." He added that walking an additional 1,000 steps day is associated a roughly 15 per cent lower risk of premature death. He said people should add least one walk to their daily routine.

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