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Saturday, 5 May 2012

Live longer: Start running

A scientific study has shown that jogging on a regular base will help you live longer. In this extensive study (with 2000 joggers and 20.000 non joggers and started in 1976) the mortality rate among non joggers was higher than among the joggers. These results translate into 5.6 years extra for women. Men even gain a couple of months extra: 6.2 years extra for joggers compare to non-joggers.

The best results are to be gained with jogging between one hour en 2,5 hours a week at a moderate level that leaves you feeling a little breathless.

The research is done in Denmark by Peter Schnohr, chief cardiologist of the Copenhagen City Heart Study. "We can say with certainty that regular jogging increases longevity. The good news is that you don't actually need to do that much to reap the benefits," Schnohr said in a statement.

The findings were presented today (May 5) at a European Society of Cardiology meeting in Dublin. You can find the press release on the site of this meeting.

You can listen to an interview with Peter Schnohr.

On the same site you can also find an interview with experts on Sudden cardiac death in sports. It is an interview with Mats Borjesson, a specialist cardiologist in screening, and Nicole Panhuyzen-Goedkoop, a sports cardiologist. Usually there is an underlying cardiac disease which was unknown to the sporter. For this reason they promote screening.

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