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26 August 2010

Quarter of SA seniors don't exercise

A Discovery Vitality survey revealed that nearly a quarter of adults over 60 do not exercise at all, which is disturbing as exercise lowers the risk of many chronic diseases.

A Discovery Vitality survey revealed that nearly a quarter of senior adults older than 60 years do not exercise at all.

“Exercise substantially lowers the risk of developing many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and certain cancers, as well as conditions like osteoporosis- a major cause of morbidity and mortality amongst the elderly,” says Nossel. “We see many admissions taking place as a result of falls causing hip fractures in the older population.”

Only 2% do strength training

 
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