Washington: Being physically fit is more important than losing weight, when it comes to reducing death risks, a new study has suggested.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.“This is good news for people who are physically active but can’t seem to lose weight," said Duck-chul Lee, the study’s lead researcher.
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