Fit over 50 Update — Start moving, reduce heart disease

In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we devote a whole chapter to MOVE! We write:

“If you’re plopped on a bed, couch, or chair right now,” write the editors of Reader’s Digest, “you might have what is arguably the most common health problem in America today—sitting disease.” That might sound silly. But prolonged sitting—sedentary living—has been shown by researchers to play a significant role in many of the most troublesome health issues of our time, from obesity and heart disease to diabetes and depression.

Fit over 50, Tip #12, MOVE!, pages 149-156

Reuters reported researchers found that “sedentary older adults” who “start exercising” will “lower their risk of heart disease.” For the study, “researchers examined data on more than 1.1 million people aged 60 and older without any history of heart disease who had two health screenings between 2009 and 2012.

Most were physically inactive at the first screening, and almost four in five of these people remained sedentary throughout the study period.” However, the researchers found that the people “who started exercising one to two times a week were 5 percent less likely to have events like a heart attack or stroke, during the follow-up period,” and “when sedentary people started exercising three or four times weekly, their risk of cardiac events dropped by 11 percent, and boosting exercise from none to at least five times a week was associated with a 9 percent risk reduction.” The study was published in the European Heart Journal.

HealthDay reported the researchers also found that people “who became less active” during the study period “saw their risk rise. Participants who were moderately or vigorously active more than five times a week initially but had become inactive at the second check had a 27 percent higher risk of heart disease.”

Also, dementia may be preventable

The Wall Street Journal reported another recent study commissioned by The Lancet found that about 35 percent of dementia cases may be preventable by taking simple steps such as exercise and cognitively stimulating activities.

We’ ve got tons of simple tips on becoming more highly healthy in our book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. Order Fit over 50 here.

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