Just half an hour of physical activity six times a week could reduce the risk of death in elderly men by up to 40%, according to a new study.
Although the study was not carried out specifically on people with type 2 diabetes, the call to get more exercise is good advice for those with the condition as an inactive lifestyle has been linked with poorer blood glucose control and a risk of developing further health complications.
The findings by researchers at Oslo University Hospital in Norway found that increases in the amount of exercise could be as much of a boost to health as giving up smoking.
A report on the Oslo II study was recently published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
The authors of the report said 30 minutes of physical activity—irrespective of its intensity – over six days a week was linked to a 40% lower risk of death from any cause among elderly men.
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