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Taking Steps Towards Better Health

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - An apple a day keeps the doctor away but, according to a report in The Lancet, 2,000 steps a day might also keep the doctor away.

The report found that adding an extra 2,000 steps to your day may lower your risk for heart attack and stroke by 8%.

The report is based on a look at 9,300 people with heart disease – they were also in the highest risk category for diabetes.
The bottom line: the more steps you take, the more you reduce your risk.

What I like about this is the fact that the intervention is simple, and a lot easier than dieting or smoking cessation, which are other steps you can take to reduce heart disease.

The message supports the idea that there are few things better than exercise to help you remain healthy. As we approach New Years and resolutions it might be a step to take.

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