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.
- 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%.
- Active individuals in their 80s have a lower risk of death than inactive individuals in their 60s.
- 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