Just 11 minutes of exercise can reduce early death risk, researchers find
According to new research, just 11 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each day will be enough to reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease, stroke and several cancers.
In an international study led by the University of Cambridge and published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the authors of a systematic review and meta-analysis found that one in 10 early deaths could be prevented if everyone took the recommended minimum. Manages the lower half level. of physical activity.
They examined findings previously reported in 196 peer-reviewed articles and covered more than 30 million participants from 94 large study groups to find the link between physical activity levels and the risk of heart disease, cancer, the university said. The correlation was the largest analysis to date. 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-recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity and less than one in 10 did less than 300 minutes a week. managed more.
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Additionally, accumulating 75 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity was associated with a 23% lower risk of early death.
Even moderate activity for that time was enough to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 17% and cancer by 7% – and the risk reduction was greater for certain cancers.
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After calculating, the researchers found that if everyone had done the equivalent of at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity activity, nearly one in six early deaths, one in nine cases of cardiovascular disease, could have been prevented. was preventable, and one in 20 cases of cancer would be prevented.
If everyone managed to get at least 75 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week, one in 10 early deaths would be prevented, one in 20 cases of cardiovascular disease would be prevented, and cancer About one in 30 cases of cancer is preventable. .
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Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for approximately 18 million deaths per year as of 2019. Cancer was responsible for 9.6 million deaths in 2017.
“If you’re someone who finds the idea of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week a bit daunting, our findings should be good news. Some physical activity is better than none,” Dr Søren Brage said in one. statement