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Physical Activity Reduces Mortality Rate Of Type 2 Diabetics

In your journey toward optimal health, it is vitally important for you to incorporate exercise into your daily life. You may even want view exercise as a drug that needs to be precisely prescribed to achieve maximum benefits. This "active" prescription for better health is certainly true when it comes to reducing the risk of death among men and women who suffer from type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

Researchers charted the health of some 3,700 Finnish type 2 diabetics, ages 25-74, over 19 years. During that time, about 1,400 died, including more than 900 from cardiovascular disease. Patients who reported moderate or high levels of physical activity reduced their chances of death from any cause -- including cardiovascular disease -- regardless of their body mass index, blood pressure or cholesterol levels or smoking habits (or lack of them).

Study participants who were physically active usually acted younger, weighed less than their height and enjoyed lower systolic blood pressure levels. Among the physical pursuits pursued by those active patients at least three to four hours a week:

  • Standing, walking or lifting
  • Biking to work
  • Gardening
  • Running
  • Swimming

In fact, researchers believe regular physical activity may be a more accurate barometer of one's risk of mortality than many of the traditionally perceived risks of cardiovascular disease, another sign conventional medicine is starting to understand simpler, healthier solutions can be much more powerful and effective than taking a potentially toxic "wonder drug."

I've devoted many pages on my Web site to help you get started with your exercise program, bolstered by the expertise of contributing editors Paul Chek and Ben Lerner.

One more reminder: Exercise and nutrition go hand-in-hand. There is no doubt both physical activity and a proper diet can do wonderful things for your health:

  • Help treat health problems.
  • Lower your risk for diseases.
  • Help you live a long life full of energy and passion.

Diabetes Care April 2005, Vol. 28: 799-805

Yahoo News March 28, 2005

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