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Running Shown to Slow Effects of Aging

Posted: August 15, 2008

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At the beginning of the study, the runners ran an average of about four hours a week. After 21 years, their running time declined to an average of 76 minutes per week.

Everyone in the study became more disabled after 21 years, but for runners, the onset of disability started later. Perhaps not surprisingly, running was linked to lower rates of cardiovascular deaths from causes such as stroke and heart attack. However, it also was associated with fewer early deaths from cancer, neurological disease, infections and other causes, according to the findings.

The study appears in the Aug. 11 edition of Archives of Internal Medicine.

By Caroline Wilber, WebMD Health News, August 11, 2008