Strenuous jogging may do more harm than good
According to a new study done in Denmark, the best way to increase your life expectancy is to be moderately active, as opposed to engaging in fast-paced, intense activity or not being active at all.
Researchers analyzed 5,048 people from a Copenhagen City Heart Study–1,098 were joggers and 3,950 were sedentary. Researchers then followed up with the participants over 12 years, by tracking how much they jogged, how long they jogged, and the pace of their jogging. They found that there were 28 deaths among joggers and 128 among non-joggers. Most striking, was that the highest mortality rates were found in sedentary people and fast-paced joggers, while people who jogged lightly at a slow to moderate pace one to two and a half hours per week had the lowest rate of mortality.
The study reinforces the belief that keeping an exercise routine that is not overly intense is important to well-being and longevity of life. The researchers did note that strenuous jogging in this case involved “very vigorous exercise,” practiced over an extended period of time.
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Sourced from: Medical News Today, Strenuous jogging may do more harm than good, study finds
Published On: Feb 4, 2015
Some people prefer shorter lives to taking daily pills
Taking medication every day to prevent heart disease might seem like a no-brainer, but some people would rather live a shorter life than have to take daily pills, according to a study done at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Medicine.
Researchers asked 1,000 participants, average age 50, how much time they would be willing to subtract from their lives to avoid taking free daily medication with no side effects for heart disease. Researchers also asked how much money they would be willing to pay to forego daily medication. Among the participants, 79 percent took at least one pill daily, 59 percent were women and 63 percent were white. Almost a third of the people did not have college degrees, and almost a half of their incomes were between $25,000 and $75,000.
The findings showed that more than 8 percent of people said they were willing to sacrifice two years of their life, while 21 percent said they were willing to lose between one week and one year to avoid taking daily medications. Also, 21 percent of the study participants would pay $1,000 or more to avoid taking a daily pill.
The study, which was funded by the National Cancer Institute, reflects what a lot of doctors already know: A lot of people really don’t like taking pills every day.
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Sourced from: LiveScience, Some People Would Rather Have a Shorter Life Than Take Meds
Published On: Feb 4, 2015