Being physically fit during your mid-life crisis has its perks: clothes fit just right, YOUR heart is healthy and, you can still chase your kids down at the grocery store. And now, add the low risk of chronic disease to the list.
A recent study published in the Archive of Internal Medical found middle aged people that
maintained a healthy lifestyle were less likely to attract a chronic disease, and fought the disease off faster.
In the study, more than 18,000 participants walked on a treadmill for 25 years, with a median age of 49.
Participants were separated by age, sex and split into five fit categories, ranging from very low activity to high activity.
The study tested for the following chronic diseases: diabetes, coronary heart failure, colon
cancer, Alzheimers and more.
Doctors found that in men, the risk of chronic disease was 45% lower when comparing high activity participants to less fit participants. In women, the difference was 43%.
Reporting on Health Matters, I’m Lyssa Hansen.