Keeping Physically Active or Becoming More Active Helps Live Longer

 A large study from the United Kingdom, published in The BMJ, suggests that maintaining physical activity or achieving higher levels of it in the middle and older age linked to a lower risk of death, regardless of past activity levels or existing health conditions.Keeping Physically Active or Becoming More Active Helps Live Longer

The researchers took data from 14,599 men and women aged between 40 and 79 from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition-Norfolk (EPIC-Norfolk) study, who participated in this study between 1993 and 1997.

Participants were assessed at the baseline and then 3 times over 7.6 years, on average, along with other risk factors up to 2004. From this point, mortality was assessed up to 2016, for 12.5 years, averagely, of follow-up.

The researchers write in their paper: “These results are encouraging, not least for middle-aged and older adults with existing cardiovascular disease and cancer, who can still gain substantial longevity benefits by becoming more active, lending further support to the broad public health benefits of physical activity.”

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