Fitness in midlife may stave off chronic diseases later

Medicare claims data on more than 18,600 healthy men and women revealed that middle-aged adults with the highest levels of cardiorespiratory fitness had a more than 40% reduced incidence of chronic diseases, including colon cancer, later in life. Researchers also found that increased fitness levels can delay chronic conditions and reduce the duration of illness. Reuters (8/27), CNN/The Chart blog (8/27)

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