Healthful diet and exercise needed to reduce your risk of dying prematurely

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Healthful diet and exercise needed to reduce your risk of dying prematurely

Both a healthful diet and regular exercise are necessary to achieve the lowest premature mortality risk.

Researchers followed almost 350,000 healthy adults from the U.K. Biobank study over a decade and found that high physical activity levels actually could not counteract the impacts of a poor diet, and those who had both high-quality diets and high levels of physical activity had the lowest mortality risk.

In fact, their premature mortality risk was lower by

  • 17% from all causes,
  • 19% from CVD and
  • 27% lower mortality risk from certain cancers …

compared to those who had the poorest diets and were also physically inactive.

In other words, both diet AND exercise are needed, and having high levels of physical activity cannot simply counteract the impacts of having a poor diet.

“If you are, for the most part, intentional about what you put into your body and intentional with how you move your body, you’re doing enough,” commented Tamanna Singh, M.D., co-director of the Sports Cardiology Center at Cleveland Clinic, who was not involved with the study.

The study was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine and the full story was in MedicalDaily.


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