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Midlife Fitness Extends Lifespan, Decreases Risk Of Chronic Illness In Later Years

August 27, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Physical fitness in the middle years of life – the 30s, 40s, and 50s – not only extends a person’s lifespan, it can also increase the chances of aging with less risk of chronic illness, according to a new U.S. study.  Researchers analyzed data from 18,670 patients who participated in a 40-year study. They found that when patients increased fitness levels by 20 percent in their midlife years, they decreased the risk of developing chronic illnesses such as congestive heart failure, Alzheimer’s disease and colon cancer by 20 percent.
Benjamin L. Willis et al., "Midlife Fitness and the Development of Chronic Conditions in Later Life", Archives of Internal Medicine, August 27, 2012, © American Medical Association
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