Exercise reduces heart disease, cancer and diabetes risk

Prescribing exercise can increase physical activity for up to two years and reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, latest research suggests.

Researchers, from the University of Otago in New Zealand, examined the effectiveness of exercise on prescription in 1,089 women, aged 40-74, who were moderately active.

After 12 months, they found that 43% of women who were prescribed exercise were achieving their target of 150 minutes a week compared with 30% in the control group.

At 24 months it was 39.3% and 32.9% respectively.

Physical functioning and mental health were also found to be better in the exercise groups.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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