Tag Archives: physical activity

Should physical activity recommendations be ethnicity-specific?

Two of the major modifiable risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are obesity [1], [2] and a low level of physical activity [3], [4]. Because of this, national and international bodies have made recommendations regarding appropriate levels for body mass index (BMI) [5], waist circumference [5], and physical activity [6]–[8], to minimise risk of vascular and metabolic disease.

Read more »
Posted in Cardiovascular | Also tagged | Leave a comment

Exercise provides strong protection against developing diabetes in older men

Men aged 60 to 79 years who start or maintain at least moderate physical activity are afforded strong protection against developing type 2 diabetes, a recently published population-based study found. Additionally, even light exercise reduces the risk of new-onset diabetes by approximately 50%, particularly in overweight and obese men. Key… 

Read more »
Posted in Diabetes, Non-Communicable Disease, Primary Care | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Volume: | Leave a comment

Increased daily physical activity reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline

Increased daily physical activity is associated with a reduction in the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), found a recent cohort study published in the journal Neurology. “Physical activity can be easily done by all elderly or people at risk of AD. It is inexpensive and does not lead to any… 

Read more »
Posted in Neurology, Neurology Featured 2, Primary Care | Also tagged , , , | Volume: | Leave a comment

Prolonged sitting leads to early mortality

The more time spent sitting, regardless of the amount of physical activity, the higher one’s risk of premature death, researchers have found. Key Point: Even among physically active patients, prolonged sitting raises the risk of premature mortality. Patients should be encouraged to minimize as much as possible the amount of… 

Read more »
Posted in Cardiovascular Disease, Non-Communicable Disease, Primary Care | Also tagged , , , , , , , | Volume: | Leave a comment