7 August 2012
Diabetes patients who do a lot of physical activity may have a lower risk of death, a new study suggests.
Higher levels of physical activity were related to lower risk of death in patients with diabetes, according to a report published in the journal the Archives of Internal Medicine.
In a meta-analysis of 12 studies, higher levels of total physical activity, leisure-time physical activity and walking were linked to a lower risk of total and cardiovascular disease mortality.
"In the prospective analysis, people who reported being moderately physically active had lower mortality risk compared with those who reported being physically inactive," the study's authors explained.
In comparison with patients who were physically inactive, the lowest mortality risk was found in individuals with moderately active lifestyles.
Furthermore, leisure-time physical activity, which includes cycling, gardening and household work, was also associated with lower total mortality risk. In addition, walking was found to be linked to lower CVD death risk.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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