Thursday, June 5, 2008

Physical Fitness Keeps Seniors Healthy

“A new study has suggested that seniors who are physically active and exercise for more than 60 minutes each week can lessen their chances of disability as they age. Led by Bonnie Bruce, of the division of immunology and rheumatology at Stanford University Department of Medicine, the study looked at 805 adults between the ages 50 and 72 at enrollment and followed for them for 13 years, from 1989 to 2002. After a follow-up of 13 years, researchers found that the overweight active seniors (average disability score 0.14) had significantly less disability than the overweight inactive (average disability score 0.19) and normal-weight inactive seniors (average disability score 0.22) seniors. The researchers concluded that being physically active, regardless of body weight, helped lessen disability. The study appears in the July issue of the American Journal of Public Health.”

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