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It's never too late to start exercising- article

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It's never too late to start exercising
Just getting off the couch can cut heart disease risk, study shows

Updated: 10:33 a.m. CT July 18, 2006
LONDON - It?s never too late for couch potatoes to start exercising and cut their risk of heart disease, according to research on Tuesday.

Neither does it have to be strenuous activity -- even just walking can make a difference.

?You don?t have to go to the gym. Just get off the couch,? said Dr Dietrich Rothenbacher of the University of Heidelberg in Germany. ?It is never too late to start exercising,? he told Reuters.

The researchers studied the impact of physical activity on patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and a group of healthy volunteers of the same age and sex.

They found that people who exercised throughout their lives had the lowest risk of the illness, which is one of the biggest killers in industrialized countries.

?But we also found that people who changed their physical activity patterns in late adult life also reduced their risk for coronary heart disease,? added Rothenbacher, an epidemiologist at the university.

The scientists re-evaluated data they had previously collected on patients and volunteers ranging in age from 40 to 68 who had been questioned about their habits and exercise patterns.

Smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure, which are risk factors for heart disease, were more common in the patients with the illness than in the healthy volunteers.

People who said they had been active throughout their lives had about a 60 percent lower risk of being diagnosed with coronary heart disease.

Couch potatoes who changed their ways and began exercising after the age of 40 were about 55 percent less likely to be diagnosed with the illness than people who had always been inactive.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) said the heart is a muscle and requires regular physical activity.

?The earlier you adopt a more physically active lifestyle, the bigger the rewards will be for your heart, helping to reduce your risk of CHD in later life. So don?t wait until you reach 40 to get active,? said a spokeswoman.

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