Smoking is bad for your health. You do not need an oxygen tank by your bed to tell you that. Diabetes and heart disease, obviously not great either.
But what is not so obvious is that a sedentary lifestyle is actually worse than all three, according to a new study published by Dr. Ing. Wael Jaber of the Cleveland Clinic.
"Disabled on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test has a worse prognosis in terms of death than that he is hypertensive, diabetic or smoker," he said. "We have never seen anything so explicit and as objective as this."
The results are particularly troubling in the US, where we certainly have to deal with a fitness problem. The average body mass index for an American man is 28.6, versus 25.1
Jaber explained that disability at this time should be treated like a disease that fortunately has a prescription: Exercise! He told CNN that researchers now have the job of putting the risk – no movement, can have a heavy impact on longevity – on the general population.
These results were also not drawn in a small group. The researchers retrospectively reviewed 122,007 patients who underwent treadmill testing between 1991 and 2014.
"People who do not do well on a treadmill test," Jaber said, "are at nearly twice the risk for dialysis patients." In fact, the risk of death for people with sedentary lifestyle is 500% higher than for competitive athletes.
"Comparing the risk of sitting with the highest performance in the stress test, the risk is about three times higher than smoking," said Jaber.
So, what are you sitting there reading? Go out!
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