Reducing sweet beverages and increasing steps reduces risk of premature death, cancer, heart disease, and dementia

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Reducing sweet beverages and increasing steps reduces risk of premature death, cancer, heart disease, and dementia

HealthDay reports that “drinking too many sugary beverages may increase the risk of death from cancer.” This is according to a study published in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

These “sugar-sweetened beverages were associated with increased death rates from colon and kidney cancer, which still held true after adjusting for BMI.”

Furthermore, the study “participants who consumed artificially sweetened beverages also had an increased risk of pancreatic cancer, even after BMI adjustment.”

CNN Health reported that another study found that increasing your daily step count may reduce the risks of cancer, heart disease, and early death.

 “Getting up to 10,000 steps a day” may reduce the “risk for cancer, heart disease, and early death.”

But here’s the really good news: “Any amount of walking helps.”

This is according to a study that “followed 78,500 people between the ages of 40 and 79 from England, Scotland, and Wales who wore wrist step counters for 24 hours a day over a seven-day stretch.”

The research was published in JAMA Internal Medicine and found that “health benefits rose with every step … but peaked at 10,000 steps – after that the effects faded.”

The researchers also recently published a similar study that found walking 10,000 steps a day lowered the risk for dementia by 50%. 

Furthermore, the risk decreased by 25% with as few as 3,800 steps a day, according to the previous study.

Healio reported another 10,000 step-a-day study showed, “Adults with prediabetes or diabetes have a reduced risk for all-cause mortality if they walk more than 10,000 steps per day.”

This study included “1,194 adults with prediabetes … and 493 adults with diabetes.” These findings were published in the journal Diabetes Care. has information on fitness habits that family physicians can share with their patients.

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