Women Probiotics Women Probiotics


Exercise Improves Your Circulation, Extends Your Life

Slowing down the progression of peripheral artery disease (PAD) can be as easy as taking a walk in the park, at least three times a week. More physically active PAD patients, however, can reduce their risk of death significantly, according to a new study.

Scientists monitored the health of more than 450 patients with PAD, a condition in which fat builds up in the inner linings of arterial walls in the legs. The physical activity of close to half of the patients was monitored for a week while the rest were merely interviewed about their exercise habits.

Five years later, almost a third of the participants had died, including 40 percent due to cardiovascular disease. The real moral of the study: Those with lowest amount of physical activity tripled their chances of death. Even after adjusting the study -- eliminating patients who died two years after the study began -- more physical activity translated to lower mortality rates.

The trick about exercise: It can do a great deal of good against depression, osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease, but only if you treat it like a drug that must be prescribed precisely to achieve the most benefits.

Circulation July 3, 2006

EurekAlert July 5, 2006

Yahoo News July 5, 2006

Click Here and be the first to comment on this article
Post your comment