How To Live Longer: Doing This Thing Regularly Can Prevent Premature Mortality
How can you live longer? This is a question that has puzzled mankind for ages. Scientists now have one of the answers to this complicated question.
A large study of more than 270,000 people by scientists at the Rockville Cancer Institute and the Bethesda Institute of Aging, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, has found that all types of physical activity reduce the risk of premature mortality.
The analysis showed that there was a positive association between increased longevity and people's physical activities, whether they were walking, cycling, running, swimming, sports, or other aerobic exercises, according to Medical News.
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The present study included 272,550 adults - 58% men and the rest women - between the ages of 50 and 69 who lived in Florida, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and North Carolina or in the Atlanta and Detroit metropolitan areas.
Data were obtained on the amount of physical activity people performed per week, and mortality risks were estimated through December 31, 2019. All causes of death, such as cancer and cardiovascular mortality, were investigated.
Around 43% of deaths (118,153 people) were from cancer and 32,666 people from cardiovascular disease during the 12 years of follow-up.
The most common physical activities reported by participants were walking (78%), aerobic exercise (30%), cycling (25%), golf (14%), swimming (10%), running (7%), and racquet sports (4%).
Compared with people who did not engage in physical activity, those who ran or played racquet sports between 7.5 hours and less than 14 hours per week were associated with the greatest reductions in risk of all-cause premature mortality, with hazard ratio values of 0.9 and 0.8, respectively.
Risks of premature mortality were also lower for those who walked or engaged in aerobic exercise, golf, swimming, and cycling, with values between 0.9 and 0.97.
Risks of premature mortality from any cause were lower among moderately active (less than 7.5 hours per week of physical activity) and much more active (between 7.7 and 15 hours per week) people compared to those who were inactive, by 5 percent and 13 percent respectively.