15 minutes of exercise may lower death risk in elderly: Study

It was observed that, during the study, as people exercised more, their potential death risk dropped considerably.

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Exercising is as important for the elderly as it is for the youth. A study has found that even as little as a 15-minute workout could do wonders for the elderly and decrease death risk.

The study, in fact, goes on to say that it may help them cheat death, by linking it to lower death risk among the elderly, which showed how exercising lesser than the recommended number of hours might help them.

As per Tech Times, French researchers analyzed a group of 1,011 French individuals aged 65 in 2001 and were followed for 12 years. They also looked at a huge group of more than 122,000 people from an international cohort who were about 60 years old and were followed for about 10 years.

The team measured physical activity via Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET) minutes every week, meaning calories spent per minute of physical activity. A MET minute every week equates to the amount of energy expended by sitting; recommended levels of exercise, for instance, are from 500 to 1,000 MET minutes a week.

It was observed that, during the study, as people exercised more, their potential death risk dropped considerably. Furthermore, those with low activity levels, recorded approximately 22 percent decreased death risk, while those with medium and high levels had 28 percent and 35 percent lower risks.

Tech Times interviewed study author and University Hospital of Saint-Etienne physician, Dr. David Hupin, who said that, "Age is not an excuse to do no exercise. It is well established that regular physical activity has a better overall effect on health than any medical treatment.”

The findings were presented at the EuroPRevent 2016 meeting.

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