More exercise in your 50s ‘cuts heart disease risk’

Tuesday August 14 2012

Regular exercise was found to combat the effects of ageing

“Exercise in midlife protects heart,” says BBC News, while the Daily Mail tells us that “gardening, walking and DIY in your fifties can cut risk of heart disease”.

The news is based on a large study looking at the health of middle-aged people. Researchers found that those who met physical activity recommendations of at least 2.5 hours of moderate to vigorous exercise a week had lower levels of inflammation in their body compared with people who did not get enough exercise.

Reducing levels of inflammation is important as persistent inflammation, even at relatively modest levels, is thought to contribute to the adverse effects of ageing. For example, it is thought to contribute to loss of muscle power and strength, cardiovascular disease or CVD (conditions that affect the heart…

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