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2021

'Slow Walkers' at Higher Odds for Severe COVID-19

`Slow Walkers` at Higher Odds for Severe COVID-19WEDNESDAY, March 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- If you saunter and shuffle instead of scurry when you walk, you are at higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, British researchers warn.For the study, the investigators analyzed data from more than 412,000 middle-aged Britons and found that among those whose weight was normal, slow walkers were more than twice as likely to develop severe COVID-19 and 3.75 times more likely to die of it than those who keep a brisk pace."We know already that obesity and frailty are key risk factors for COVID-19 outcomes. This is the first study to show that slow walkers have a much higher risk of contracting severe COVID-19 outcomes, irrespective of their weight," said lead researcher Thomas Yates, who studies physical activity, sedentary...

Doubly Good: Healthy Living Cuts Your Odds for the 2...

16 March 2021
Doubly Good: Healthy Living Cuts Your Odds for the 2 Leading KillersTUESDAY, March 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The same lifestyle habits that protect the heart can also curb the risk of a range of cancers, a large new study confirms.The study of more than 20,000 U.S. adults found both bad news and good news.People with risk factors for heart disease also faced increased odds of developing cancer over the next 15 years. On the other hand, people who followed a heart-healthy lifestyle cut their risk of a cancer diagnosis.Experts said the findings are no surprise. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has estimated that close to half of cancer deaths in the United States are linked to modifiable factors -- including poor diet, smoking, lack of exercise and obesity.But the study drives home an important message, according to Marjorie McCullough, senior...

Workouts Boost Health of People With Kidney Disease

11 March 2021
Workouts Boost Health of People With Kidney DiseaseTHURSDAY, March 11, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Do you struggle with chronic kidney disease? Exercise may be the best prescription for your condition, new research out of Taiwan suggests.Scientists found that highly active patients had a lower risk of kidney disease progression, heart problems and death.The study looked at more than 4,500 people with chronic kidney disease between 2004 and 2017. None were on dialysis. The patients were divided into three groups: highly active, low active, or inactive.During a median follow-up of nearly 700 days, 739 patients died, 1,059 developed kidney failure and 521 had a major adverse cardiovascular event (heart attack, stroke, hospitalization for heart failure, or death from cardiovascular disease).Compared to the inactive group, the highly active...

As Lockdowns Cut Into Exercise Time, Depression Rates...

10 March 2021
As Lockdowns Cut Into Exercise Time, Depression Rates Are RisingWEDNESDAY, March 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise has long been considered a "natural antidepressant." Now, research suggests that as lockdowns kept people from regular exercise, depression rates started to rise.The finding is based on multiple mental health surveys conducted among three successive groups of University of Pittsburgh students, totaling nearly 700 in all. Surveys were initially launched before the pandemic, and then continued into the pandemic, while wearable Fitbit devices were used to track physical activity trends.The researchers found that in March 2020, when U.S. lockdowns began, the number of steps students took every day declined from pre-pandemic levels of 10,000 down to 4,600, on average. At the same time, between February and April of 2020, clinical...

Wearing a Mask Won't Ruin Your Workout, Study Shows

9 March 2021
Wearing a Mask Won`t Ruin Your Workout, Study ShowsTUESDAY, March 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- You're about to hop on an exercise bike and peddle your heart out, but will having to wear a face mask make it harder to breathe while you work out?Not according to new research that suggests healthy people can safely wear a face mask while doing vigorous exercise.The scientists assessed the breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and blood oxygen levels of 12 volunteers as they worked out on an exercise bike while wearing and not wearing a mask. There were six women and six men, average age 40. None had health problems.There were a few minor differences in some measurements when the participants wore or didn't wear a mask, but no indication of any risk to health, according to the study published March 8 in the European Respiratory Journal.The...
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