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Older men who exercise 30 minutes a day tend
to live longer than their couch-potato counterparts,
a new study finds.
In a study of men in their 60s and 70s, those who
routinely did 30 minutes of exercise six days a week
had a 40 per cent lower risk of dying over a 12-year
period, compared with men who were sedentary.
"Even at the age of 73 years, physical activity is
associated highly with (life span) between groups of
sedentary and active persons," the researchers said
in the study.
In fact, exercise was so beneficial among the men
in the study that its effects were on par with those
of quitting smoking, the researchers said.
"Public health strategies in elderly men should
include efforts to increase physical activity, in line
with efforts to reduce smoking behaviour," the
researchers recommended, published online on May
14 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The new findings are based on the results from
the Oslo Study, which investigated 15,000 men who
were born in Norway between 1923 and 1932. The
study began with a checkup in 1973 that included
an assessment of the men s height, weight, cholesterol,
blood pressure and smoking history, as well as how
much they exercised on a weekly basis.
An analysis that began in 2000 looked at about
6,000 of the surviving men, and resulted in the new
Researchers repeated the checkup and questionnaire,
and monitored the men for the next 12 years. Each
participant was characterised as a sedentary person
(who mainly watched TV or read), a light exerciser
(who walked or cycled for at least four hours weekly),
a moderate exerciser (who did formal exercise or
heavy gardening or at least four hours weekly), or
a vigorous exerciser (who did hard training or com-
petitive sports multiple times weekly).
During the 12-year monitoring period, a total of
2,154 out of the 5,738 men who had participated in
both checkups died.
The researchers found that a small amount of exer-
cise---less than an hour per week of light physical
activity---was not associated with increased life span
during the study. But compared with sedentary men,
the men who exercised more than an hour per week
had a 32 per cent to a 56 per cent lower risk of dying
during the study, depending on other factors.
But the researchers also found that men who exer-
Thirty minutes of daily
exercise helps men live longer
Men who made a habit of daily
exercise at moderate to
vigorous intensity lived, on
average, five years longer than
the men who were sedentary.
cised vigorously, even for less than an hour weekly, were
23 per cent to 37 per cent less likely to die of cardiovascular
disease or of any other medical cause during the study.
Vigorous exercise is key, the researchers said. The more
time men spent exercising vigorously, the greater the reduc-
tion in their risk of dying. Men who made a habit of daily
exercise at moderate to vigorous intensity lived, on average,
five years longer than the men who were sedentary, even
when the researchers controlled for the risk of diseases
that increase with age, including heart disease and stroke,
the researchers said. (www.foxnews.com)
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
Scientists say they can tell if someone has been
taking drugs by analysing their fingerprint.
The team at the University of Surrey showed that
chemicals produced when cocaine is broken down
in the body could be detected in the fingerprint. They
argue the test could be useful in prisons, drug abuse
clinics and even for routine testing in the workplace.
However, the current kit may be impractical as it is
both the size of a washing machine and very expen-
Drug-testing normally relies on a fluid sample
such as blood, urine or saliva. However, the researchers
believe the fingerprint method would be quicker, less
invasive and much harder to fake as the donor s iden-
tity would be contained in the fingerprint.
Their study, published in the journal Analyst, hunts
for two chemicals benzoylecgonine and methylec-
gonine. They are produced when cocaine is broken
down by the body; however, they can be released in
tiny quantities in sweat. These chemicals would be
left on the paper used to take the fingerprint. (BBC)
'can reveal drug use'
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