Not Exercising Worse For Your Health Than Smoking, Diabetes & Heart Disease

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The study also took a look at the risk of being overactive and found that "ultra" exercisers do not face higher risk of death: the research consistently found that the more a person exercises the lower their mortality rates. However, the newly published study from Cleveland Clinic found that extreme fitness provided additional survival benefit over more modest levels of fitness, and that extremely fit patients lived the longest. The numbers were, as one of the authors of the paper put it, 'extremely surprising.' According to the data, lack of cardiovascular fitness is a huge risk factor for death. "Whether you're in your 40s or your 80s, you will benefit in the same way".

Jaber noted that while the dangers of leading a sedentary lifestyle and being out of shape are well-known, he admitted that he was surprised by the study's findings which indicate that both states 'overwhelm even the risk factors as strong as smoking, diabetes or even end-stage disease'. The risk of dying was twice as much among those who fared poorly on the treadmill compared to those who had kidney failure on dialysis.

"People who do not perform very well on a treadmill test", Jaber said, "have nearly double the risk of people with kidney failure on dialysis". "Everyone should be encouraged to achieve and maintain high fitness levels".

Comparing those with a sedentary lifestyle to the top exercise performers, he said, the risk associated with death is "500% higher".

"If you compare the risk of sitting versus the highest performing on the exercise test, the risk is about three times higher than smoking", Jaber explained. For those patients with hypertension, the elite performers again showed a almost 30 percent reduction in all-cause mortality compared to high performers.

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Meanwhile, those that didn't do well on the treadmill test were said to have nearly two times the health risks as those with kidney failure on dialysis.

Cardiorespiratory fitness is the ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to supply oxygen to skeletal muscles during sustained physical activity.

Dr. Satjit Bhusri, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital, who was not involved in the study, said this reinforces what we know. "We're meant to walk, run, exercise".

American experts urge to demand from doctors a "prescription" for exercise.

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