If you maintain or improve your fitness level -- even if your body weight has not changed or increased -- you can reduce your risk of death, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

In a study of 14,345 adult men, mostly white and middle or upper class, researchers found that:

--Maintaining or improving fitness was associated with a lower death risk even after controlling for Body Mass Index (BMI) change.
--Every unit of increased fitness (measured as MET, metabolic equivalent of task) over six years was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of heart disease and stroke-related deaths and a 15 percent lower risk of death from any cause.
--Becoming less fit was linked to higher death risk, regardless of BMI changes.
BMI change was not associated with death risks.

Source about fitness and longevity:  ScienceDaily.com.

 

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