Health knowledge made personal
Join this community!
› Share page:
Search posts:

Sustained Fitness Promotes Long Life

Posted Dec 30 2011 10:12pm
Posted on 2011-12-30 06:00:01 in Exercise | Longevity | Men's Health |
Sustained Fitness Promotes Long Life

Fitness is considered to be a reliable objective marker of habitual physical activity, and body mass index (BMI) is widely accepted as a measure of overall obesity.  Duck-chul Lee, from the University of South Carolina at Columbia (South Carolina, USA), and colleagues explored the independent and combined associations of changes in fitness as estimated from a maximal treadmill test and BMI with all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality.  The team revealed that men who were physically fit in their 40s, and maintained that fitness level for a decade,reduced their risk of all-cause death by 30% -- as compared with men who were flabby at age 40.  Specifically, during more than 11 years of follow-up, the researchers found that those men who maintained their baseline fitness levels had a 28% lower risk of cardiovascular disease death, while those who improved their fitness had a 40% and 44% lower risk of all-cause and cardiovascular disease death, respectively, as compared with those who remained unfit.  Whereas body mass index (BMI) status had little impact on risk of death in those who remained fit, BMI had variable yet non-significant impact on those who lost fitness or were unfit at the study’s start.  For every 1-metabolic equivalent (MET) improvement in fitness, there was a 15% lowering of the risk of all-cause death, and a 19% reduction in cardiovascular disease death. Observing that: “Maintaining or improving fitness is associated with a lower risk of all-cause and [cardiovascular disease] mortality in men,” the study authors urge that: “Preventing age-associated fitness loss is important for longevity regardless of [body mass index] change.”

Duck-chul Lee, Xuemei Sui, Enrique G. Artero, I-Min Lee, Timothy S. Church, Paul A. McAuley, et al.  “Long-Term Effects of Changes in Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Body Mass Index on All-Cause and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality in Men: The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study.”  Circulation, 2011;124:2483-2490.

View Current Anti-Aging Newsletter!
Men who are physically fit in their 40s, and maintain that fitness level for a decade, reduce their risk of all-cause death by 30%.
UK researchers identify the proportions of cancer in the population that associate with lifestyle and environmental factors.
Low vitamin D levels associate with higher degrees of insulin resistance.
Among a group of young, pregnant Danish women, a low intake of fish or omega-3 fatty acids associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease.
A diet emphasizing vegetables, fruits, and whole grains helps to reduce stroke risk in women.
German researchers report that a red dye derived from lichens appears to reduce the abundance of small toxic protein aggregates in Alzheimer’s disease.
Increased dietary intake of choline – found in green leafy vegetables, fish, peanuts, organ meat, soybeans and other foods – may improve cognitive performance
An increased risk for colorectal cancer may exist among older women with high levels of serum glucose.
By helping to preserve brain volume, eating fish at least once a week may help to lower the risk of developing cognitive impairment.
Phosphorylated alpha-synuclein, a substance found in the blood of Parkinson's patients, could lead to definitive diagnostic tool.

Post a comment
Write a comment:

Related Searches