Could Running Be Associated with A Lower Risk of Mortality?

A study has uncovered that running or jogging, regardless of the amount above one session per week, could be associated with lower rates of mortality. A 2017 study established that physical exercise can reduce cellular aging by nine years. This was proven by measuring the length of white blood cell telomeres, the nucleotide endcaps of our chromosomes, which get shorter as we age. 

In this study, a sample of 232,149 people was pooled from fourteen studies. During a 5.5-35 year follow-up, 25,951 deaths were recorded. A meta-analysis showed that running or jogging participation was associated with a 23-30 percent lower risk of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, compared with no running or jogging.

This study, however, demonstrated that no significant dose was more beneficial than another. The researchers examined pace, weekly duration and frequency, and total volume of running or jogging. The researchers suggest that this information could lead to substantial improvements in population health and longevity.

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