Exercise assists with disease preventation

Exercise is Medicine produced a quick facts handout outlining the multitude of benefits provided by exercise in chronic disease prevention.


  1. Research shows that a low level of physical activity exposes a patient to a greater risk of dying than does smoking, obesity, hypertension, or high cholesterol, and for older men, regular physical activity can decrease the risk of death by 40%.
  2.  Active individuals in their 80s have a lower risk of death than inactive individuals in their 60s.
  3. Regular physical activity can:
    • Reduce mortality and the risk of recurrent breast cancer by approximately 50%.  Lower the risk of colon cancer by over 60%.
    • Reduce the risk of developing of Alzheimer’s disease by approximately 40%.
    • Reduce the incidence of heart disease and high blood pressure by approximately 40%.
    • Lower the risk of stroke by 27%.
    • Lower the risk of developing type II diabetes by 58%
    • Adults with better muscle strength have a 20% lower risk of mortality (33% lower risk of cancer specific mortality) than adults with low muscle strength.
    • A low level of fitness is a bigger risk factor for mortality than mild-moderate obesity. It is better to be fit and overweight than unfit with a lower percentage of body fat.
    • In an elementary school setting, regular physical activity can decrease discipline incidents involving violence by 59% and decrease out of school suspensions by 67%.

      Exercise is Medicine Fact sheet: www.exerciseismedicine.org/assets/page_documents/eim-fact-sheet-2015.pdf


George Cho