Just 11 minutes of exercise can reduce early death risk, researchers find
Just 11 minutes of moderate physical activity every day could be enough to lower the risk of diseases such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers, according to new research.
In an international study led by the University of Cambridge and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the authors conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis, finding that one in ten early deaths could be prevented if everyone half of the recommended level. of physical activity.
They examined results previously reported in 196 peer-reviewed papers that involved more than 30 million participants from 94 large study cohorts to produce what the university said was the largest analysis to date of the association between physical activity levels and risk of heart disease, cancer and early death.
Outside of work-related physical activity, the researchers found that two in three people reported activity levels below the National Health Service’s recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity and less than one in 10 managed more than 300 minutes per week.
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In addition, accumulating 75 minutes a week of moderate intensity resulted in a 23% lower risk of premature death.
Moderate activity during that time was also enough to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 17% and cancer by 7% – and for some specific cancers the reduction in risk was greater.
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After calculations, the researchers found that if everyone had done the equivalent of at least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity, about one in six early deaths would have been prevented, one in nine cases of cardiovascular disease would have been prevented, and one in the 20 cancer cases would be prevented.
If everyone managed to get at least 75 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, about one in 10 early deaths would be prevented, one in 20 cases of cardiovascular disease would be prevented and almost one in 30 cases would be prevented. of cancer can be prevented.
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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for nearly 18 million deaths annually as of 2019. Cancers were responsible for 9.6 million deaths in 2017.
“If you’re someone who finds the idea of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week a little scary, our findings should be good news. Doing some physical activity is better than doing nothing,” said Dr. Soren Brage in a position.