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Fitness Cuts Death Risk in Metabolic Syndrome

Being in shape appears to counter the effects of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. People with metabolic syndrome have several conditions including:

  • Abdominal obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated blood sugar
  • Unhealthy cholesterol levels

The conditions, which affect up to one in four U.S. adults, set the stage for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Those who were deemed to be out of shape during treadmill tests were twice as likely as those who were fit to die of cardiovascular disease, or any other cause. Fitness appeared to lower men's death risk regardless of body weight. This study is esepcially important as increasing numbers of Americans are facing this condition.

Archives of Internal Medicine May 24, 2004;164(10):1092-7

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