Study: The Benefits of Middle-Age Fitness

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    Sep 06, 2012 12:10 AM GMT
    Lots more at the link -

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/05/the-benefits-of-middle-age-fitness/?ref=health

    Americans are living longer, with our average life expectancy now surpassing 78 years, up from less than 74 years in 1980. But we are not necessarily living better. The incidence of a variety of chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease, has also been growing dramatically, particularly among people who are not yet elderly.

    The convergence of those two developments has led to what some researchers have identified as a “lengthening of morbidity.” That means we are spending more years living with chronic disease and ill health — not the outcome that most of us would hope for from a prolonged life span.

    But a notable new study published last week in Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that a little advance planning could change that prospect. Being or becoming fit in middle age, the study found, even if you haven’t previously bothered with exercise, appears to reshape the landscape of aging.
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    Sep 06, 2012 4:38 AM GMT
    riddler78 saidBut a notable new study published last week in Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that a little advance planning could change that prospect. Being or becoming fit in middle age, the study found, even if you haven’t previously bothered with exercise, appears to reshape the landscape of aging.

    Well that's good news if true, because this article notes that the reward we have for eating right and exercising in this era of medical progress is a much harder, tortuous death: http://nymag.com/news/features/parent-health-care-2012-5/

    The link I provided includes in that article this cheerful nugget:

    "The traditional exits, of a sudden heart attack, of dying in one’s sleep, of unreasonably dropping dead in the street, of even a terminal illness, are now exotic ways of going. The longer you live the longer it will take to die. The better you have lived the worse you may die. The healthier you are—through careful diet, diligent exercise, and attentive medical scrutiny—the harder it is to die."