HEALTH: Exercise Cuts Later Life Disability

The website Medical News Today has reported that leading a healthy lifestyle not only extends one’s lifespan, but it also shortens the time that is spent disabled – a finding that had previously eluded public health scientists and demonstrates the value of investing in healthy lifestyle promotion, even among the elderly.

An analysis of a quarter century of data by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and their colleagues nationwide revealed that older adults with the healthiest lifestyles could expect to spend about 1.7 fewer years disabled at the end of their lives, compared to their unhealthiest counterparts. The study results are online and scheduled for the October issue of theJournal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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