Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
Salt regulation changes linked to disease rise
Fri July 19th - The end of government regulations on salt content in food is linked to thousands of extra cardiovascular disease and stomach cancer cases in England, it was claimed today. More
Diabetic women at increased risk of heart failure
Fri July 19th - Diabetes increases the risk of heart failure, particularly in women, a global study of 12 million people has found. More
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote: on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...
On 12/03/2017 Steph wrote:
The photo you have paired with this article is its... on 'Fat shaming' limits...

Middle-aged fitness worth the effort

Fri March 6th, 2009

Middle-aged men who step up their exercise rates can reap dividends in later life, researchers reported today.

It takes about ten years for the effort to bear fruit in better health, according to a Swedish study reported in the British Medical Journal.

The total increase in life expectancy was about two years. The men lived some 2.3 years longer on average than their contemporaries who stayed sedentary and about a year longer than people who exercised through walking and other moderate activity.

The researchers, from Uppsala University, said the impact of taking up exercise was about the same as giving up smoking.

The study involved some 2,205 men aged 50 in Uppsala, Sweden, and started in 1970.

The researchers defined high physical activity as at least three hours of recreational sport or heavy gardening a week.

The findings were welcomed by the British Heart Foundation as reinforcing existing knowledge.

Heart nurse Cathy Ross said: "This study further illustrates how increasing the level of physical activity can reduce the number of people who die prematurely. It shows this reduction is similar to smokers kicking the habit.

"The study adds support to what we already know, which is that people who are physically active are half as likely to get cardiovascular disease as those that are inactive.

"Being active at any age helps control your weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and will provide long term benefits for your heart health and general health."

BMJ online 2009, 338:b688: doi:10.1136/bmj.b688

Tags: UK News | Heart Health | Fitness | Menís Health | Europe

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page