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Study claims slow walkers more likely to die of heart disease

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – Bad news for those people who like to leisurely stroll through the day and stop to smell the roses.

A new study claims slow walkers are twice as likely to die of heart disease than those who walk with a giddy up in their step.

University of Leicester researchers studied over 420,000 people over six years and found the slow walkers in the group were between 1.8 and 2.4 times more likely to die of heart disease.

The participants were all free from cancer and heart disease before the study began.

The Independent says the study took into account factors such as smoking, BMI and diet, but came to the same conclusion.

The study even claims adults with the lowest BMI's faced the highest risk from being slow walkers.