Exercise Better Predictor Of Longevity

           Can exercise predict how long you’ll live?

New research shows this may be true.

A new study suggests an ‘estimated age’ based on an exercise 
stress test may be a better predictor of how long a person 
will live compared to their actual age.

"Age is one of the most reliable and consistent risk factors 
for dying --the older you are, the higher the risk," according
to Serge Harb, M.D., a Cleveland Clinic cardiologist and study author. 


“In this study, we showed that an estimated physiological 
age, based on your exercise performance, is an even better 
predictor on how long you will live.”


Dr. Harb and his colleagues studied medical records from 126,356 
people who had been referred for an exercise treadmill 
stress test between 1991 and 2015.


Researchers studied how people performed during the stress test, 
including how long they exercised, their heart rate response to 
exercise, and how they recovered afterward. 


Based on these results, researchers were able to predict 
the person’s estimated age. The participants were then 
followed for about nine years.


Data shows that estimated age, based on the treadmill performance, 
was a better indicator of life expectancy than actual calendar age. 


For example, a 50-year-old who performed well during a stress test, 
and had an estimated age of only 45, could live longer than what is 
expected by his actual calendar age.


Dr. Harb says he hopes the study helps people understand that 
exercise can add years to their lives. 


“The key take home message for patients is to exercise  
more, improve exercise performance, and for health care 
providers to use this physiological age as a way '
to motivate their patients to improve their 
exercise performance,” he says.


Dr. Harb believes the estimated age calculated in this research may 
be an easier and more practical way to communicate the results of a 
stress test to help people better understand their risk. 


Complete results of the study can be found in the 
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.


              SOURCE: https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/cprc/0/0

Related: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190215082429.htm


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