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Older Adults Who Work Out With Weights Lower Risk Of Premature Death

May 18, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Many studies have shown that older adults who exercise regularly have a better quality of life and lower risk of untimely death. Now a new U.S. study shows that strength training improves strength, increases muscle mass and physical function, and improves chronic conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, low back pain and obesity – in addition to reducing the odds of dying. Researchers examined data from the 1997-2001 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which included information on more than 30,000 adults age 65 and older. Nine percent reported doing strength training at least twice a week. These people had a 46 percent lower risk of death for any reason, 41 percent lower risk of cardiac death, and 19 percent lower risk of dying from cancer.
Jennifer L. Kraschnewski et al., "Is strength training associated with mortality benefits? A 15year cohort study of US older adults. ", Preventive Medicine, May 18, 2016, © Elsevier B.V.
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