Aging

Stand up for longevity

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Science  27 Sep 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6460, pp. 1415-1416
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6460.1415-g

Physical activity brings health benefits, although evaluation of exactly how can be complicated by unreliable self-reporting by study subjects. Ekelund et al. combined data from a series of studies on middle-aged or older adults that used accelerometer measurements to record physical activity to more precisely assess dose-response effects of physical activity on overall mortality. The authors conclude that “any level of physical activity regardless of intensity was associated with a substantially lower risk of mortality.” Their takeaway message from the more than 240,000 person years of participant follow-up is simple: sit less and move more.

BMJ 366, l4570 (2019).

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