Research Shows Inactivity can be as Harmful to Health as Smoking

Walking Good For Health

Are you a couch potato? Results of a new study show that you could be facing an early death. Published inThe Lancet, a London-based medical journal, the study concluded that a continuallack of exercise is linked with as many one in 10 premature deaths worldwide - that's roughly the same rate as deaths caused by smoking cigarettes. Researchers examined data revealing that in 2008approximately 5.3 million of the 57 million deaths worldwide were at least in part attributed to inactivity. By comparison, cigarette smoking kills some 5 million annually.

The vast majority of inactivity-related deaths were due to at least one of four major diseases - Heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer. Here's why that matters:

  • Exercise can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, high sugar and high cholesterol - all common factors in developing diabetes and heart disease. In fact, one of the biggest drops in heart disease risk occurs when you go from living a sedentary lifestyle to being active for as little as one hour a week.
  • Regular exercise also keeps yourheart vessels healthy. And, it can help block the formation of harmful atherosclerotic plaques known to cause blood clots.
  • For those at risk for breast cancer, exercise reduces fat, particularly dangerous belly fat. That's important because the metabolic activity connected with belly fat may trigger tumor growth in breast tissue.
  • When it comes to colon cancer, exercise can improve digestion, reducing the risk of waste causing cancerous growths in the colon.

Here's the good news - Reducing physical inactivity by just 10 percent could help to preventnearly 533,000 premature deaths a year, and cutting it by 25 percentmay help  prevent some1.3 million deaths.

Metabolic Research Centerhelps thousands of people nationwide develop healthy lifestyles that involve nutritional diets and regular exercise, resulting in benefits that go far beyond weight loss. Call 800-501-8090 to find the location nearest you.


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