Slow walkers more likely to die of heart disease: U.K. study

Slow walkers more likely to die of heart disease: U.K. study

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The speed in which you walk may be a determinant of your heart health, a new large-scale study found.According to researchers at the University of Leicester, healthy slow-walking middle-aged adults are two times more likely to die from heart disease than brisk walkers.Story continues below“Our study was interested in the links between whether someone said they walked at a slow, steady or brisk pace and whether that could predict their risk of dying from heart disease or cancer in the future,” principal author of the study Tom Yates said in a statement.READ MORE: Which is more likely to lead to a heart attack on the job – prolonged sitting or standing?The study analyzed data from the U.K. Biobank of 420,727 middle-aged people across the U.K. between 2006 and 2010. People were selected for the study if they were cancer-free and heart disease-free at the time of collecting their information.After following up 6.3 years later, researchers found that there were 8,598 deaths. Of those, 1,654 were from heart disease and 4,850 were from cancer.From their findings, researchers were able to conclude that the pace at which someone walked was linked to their likelihood of heart disease.Standing for long periods more likely to lead to heart disease than prolonged sitting: study

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