Marathon runners live longer
Runners live longer
Tuesday November 12, 2019
Melbourne - The health benefits of running and jogging were pointed out by Australian scientists after a meta-analysis of available studies. "If more people started running - and they didn't have to run far or fast - there would likely be significant improvements in the health and life expectancy of the population," she concluded British Journal of Sports Medicine (DOI: 10.1136 / bjsports-2018-100493).
The researchers researched studies on the link between running / jogging and the risk of death from all causes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
They found 14 suitable studies with 232,149 people whose health was followed between 5.5 and 35 years of age. 25,951 of the study participants died during this time.
When the study data were merged, running - regardless of the extent - was generally associated with a 27 percent lower risk of death from all causes for both sexes compared to no running.
It was associated with a 30 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 23 percent lower risk of death from cancer.
Even on a small scale, according to the researchers, running is still associated with significant health and long-term benefits, according to the studies. In this context, you name training units that take place only once a week, that each time last less than 50 minutes and in which the study participants only ran at a speed of up to eight kilometers per hour.
"This makes running a potentially good option for those whose main obstacle to getting enough exercise is lack of time," suggest the researchers.
They indicate that more training intervals, at least in the available studies, were not associated with a further reduction in the risk of death from any cause. However, they point out that their investigation is an observational study, which as such cannot determine the cause. © hil / aerzteblatt.de
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