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Colds and flu

02 November 2010

Fit people have fewer colds

Couch potatoes are nearly twice as likely to catch a cold, and more likely to suffer bad symptoms of a cold, compared with counterparts who keep fit.

Couch potatoes are nearly twice as likely to catch a cold, and more likely to suffer bad symptoms of a cold, compared with counterparts who keep fit, said researchers.

For those who fell in the middle category of fitness, and exercised between one and four days a week, this was 4.9-5.5 days. But among counterparts who said they were of low fitness and who exercised only one day a week or less, the tally was between 8.2 and 8.6 days.

 

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
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Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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