Not all risk factors associated with an increased risk of dying have been evaluated long term.

New research from Sweden has documented some interesting facts when accounting for traditional risk factors like smoking, high blood cholesterol and high arterial blood pressure (Ladenvall P, et al. 2016).

This study followed men from 50 to 99 years of age with periodic medical examinations and National Cause of Death registers.

At 54 years of age, 656 of these men performed a maximum exercise test with follow ups for four decades.

This is what they found during more than 40 years of follow up.

Independent of traditional risk factors which included smoking, blood pressure and blood cholesterol, low aerobic capacity was associated with increased mortality rates.

Don’t interpret this to mean that this is the only thing that matters, the other things are also important.

The risk of low grade inflammation is also very important, it just has not been evaluated over such a long time period yet.

I believe it’s really important to stay in good shape as we get older, it does not matter if you are a man or a woman.

Don’t make the mistake of not exercising as you get older.

With all the research available now, we know it does not have to take much time.

Ladenvall P1, Persson CU2, Mandalenakis Z3, Wilhelmsen L3, Grimby G2, Svärdsudd K4, Hansson PO3. Low aerobic capacity in middle-aged men associated with increased mortality rates during 45 years of follow-up. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2016 Jul 26. pii: 2047487316655466. [Epub ahead of print]

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  • Category: News
  • Author: Didrik Sopler
  • Published: 2020-03-28
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