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Exercise Hikes Diabetics’ Longevity

Wednesday, 08 Aug 2012 11:37 AM


Got diabetes? Get moving.
That’s the upshot of a new analysis of health studies that found higher levels of physical activity can lower the risk of death in diabetics.
The review, published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found increased physical activity significantly counteracts the increased risk for cardiovascular disease and premature death that diabetics face.
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The analysis, conducted by the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke, examined the findings of 12 major studies of exercise’s benefits involving more than 5,800 people with diabetes. Researchers found the lowest mortality risk was seen in moderately active diabetics – who engaged in such activities as walking, cycling, gardening and household work. Active diabetics had nearly a 40 percent reduction in death risks, compared to inactive patients.
Investigators said the analysis “supports the widely held view that [physical activity] is beneficially associated with lower mortality in people with diabetes. Also, because not many patients with diabetes adhere to this advice, future research should elucidate the determinants of physical inactivity and design successful strategies to promote active lifestyles."
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