A Review: Physical Activity Increases Life Expectancy

An open access review: "Physical activity reduces many major mortality risk factors including arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus type 2, dyslipidemia, coronary heart disease, stroke, and cancer. All-cause mortality is decreased by about 30% to 35% in physically active as compared to inactive subjects. The purpose of this paper was to synthesize the literature on life expectancy in relation to physical activity. A systematic PubMed search on life expectancy in physically active and inactive individuals was performed. In addition, articles comparing life expectancy of athletes compared to that of nonathletes were reviewed. Results of 13 studies describing eight different cohorts suggest that regular physical activity is associated with an increase of life expectancy by 0.4 to 6.9 years. Eleven studies included confounding risk factors for mortality and revealed an increase in life expectancy by 0.4 to 4.2 years with regular physical activity. Eleven case control studies on life expectancy in former athletes revealed consistently greater life expectancy in aerobic endurance athletes but inconsistent results for other athletes. None of these studies considered confounding risk factors for mortality. In conclusion, while regular physical activity increases life expectancy, it remains unclear if high-intensity sports activities further increase life expectancy."

Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/243958

Comments

This should come as no surprise!

Even moderate physical activity should be encouraged for people of all ages.

Thanks for the article.

Posted by: Mike at July 25th, 2012 10:58 AM

I think this point cannot be overemphasized. That moderate physical activity compared to inactivity decreases mortality and decreases the changes of disease and increases quality of life. In addition, this has been shown for any age group.

Posted by: Los Angeles Cardiologist at July 26th, 2012 7:38 AM

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