Running can reduce the probability of death from any cause, says a new study. If more people take up running and they don't have to run far or fast, there is likely to be a substantial improvement in population health and longevity, conclude the researchers. The study has been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. It's not clear how good running is for staving off the risk of death from any cause and particularly from cardiovascular disease and cancer, say the researchers.
Nor is it clear how much running a person needs to do to reap these potential benefits, nor whether upping the frequency, duration, and pace, in other words, increasing the 'dose' -might be even more advantageous.
To try and find out, the researchers systematically reviewed relevant published research, conference presentations, and doctoral theses and dissertations in a broad range of academic databases. They looked for studies on the association between running/jogging and the risk of death from all causes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
They found 14 suitable studies, involving 232,149 people, whose health had been tracked for between 5.5 and 35 years. During this time, 25,951 of the study participants died. When the study data were pooled, any amount of running was associated with a 27per cent lower risk of death from all causes for both sexes, as compared with no running. Read More...
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