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A new study shows how to reduce mortality in just a few steps. Even though many of my clients are positively obsessed with step counting and their Fitbits and have been absolutely convinced that 10,000 steps daily is essential this is not based on any actual scientific data. This misinformation has been passed on since 1965 when a Japanese company name: Yamasa designed a pedometer that translated to “10,000 steps meter”. So it was actually a marketing ploy and not a medical finding.

Step counting has actually been around since DaVinci’s day. BUT, there is little actual evidence that informs us how many steps are needed each day to improve health and reduce mortality. The mortality studies that exist, and most of these are recent from 2015 to 2018, demonstrate that compared to those described as sedentary, those taking 10,000 steps per day experienced a 46% reduction in mortality in the decade of follow up.

The current study by Lee et al was a large one and suggests that health benefits in terms of mortality level off at 7500 steps per day. Unfortunately, the 10,000 step goal is so deeply ingrained in our culture that to cite this fact may have people questioning your expertise if you are a health professional. Still, it is helpful to cite actual facts which are that each 1,000 steps was associated with a 14% reduction in mortality risk, but only up to 7500 steps where those gains began to level off. This, in my opinion, may be very helpful information for the very sedentary people in our populace those less than 2,700 steps per day as catalyst to begin exercising.

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Dr. Taryn DeCicco
Holistic Doctor
Holistic Nutritionist

Author's Bio: 

Dr Taryn DeCicco ND, LAc, LDN of Apple A Day Clinic in Arlington Heights, IL has been practicing Naturopathy, Nutrition, and Acupuncture as a holistic doctor, specializing in acne, skin, digestive disorders, and HPV for over 20 years!