Exercise Better Predictor Of Longevity

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           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.

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"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. 

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“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.”

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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.

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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. 

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

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

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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.

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

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“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.

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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. 

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

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

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

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