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Study: NEVER TOO LATE TO START EXERCISING

Study: NEVER TOO LATE TO START EXERCISING

Study: NEVER TOO LATE TO START EXERCISING

A number of studies have shown a relationship between exercise and longevity, but results of recent research add some surprisingly good news, especially for seniors. The new study reveals that starting an exercise program can increase the lifespan even if you have been mostly inactive in the past.

The study was conducted from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. What bolsters the credibility of its results is the fact that almost 15,000 people were monitored over a period from 1993, in various periods until 2016. Participants were monitored for a number of elements in addition to exercise, including, lifestyle and risk factors such as diet, alcohol intake, and smoking status, as well as measurements like age, height, weight and blood pressure.

Past studies have proven that movement and exercise decrease mortality rates by lowering risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain cancers. While the new study supports those findings, the results also show the advantage of slowly increasing the intensity of exercise over time. Specifically, modest increase in exercise correlated with a 29% lower risk of cardiovascular death and an 11% lower risk of dying from any form of cancer.

Two interesting findings from the study: People who started the study already having a very active life and exercise program, gained the most in longevity over time; and, older participants who started the study already with cardiovascular disease or certain forms of cancer also gained longevity by increasing their exercise levels.

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