A recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests why getting an extra 10 minutes of daily physical activity may decrease the mortality rate among American adults.
According to the study, over 4,800 people in middle to late adulthood took part in research between 2003 and 2006. The physical activity of the participants had been monitored, in which data of mortality rates were examined later on spanning until 2015.
“This study used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), and written informed consent was obtained for all NHANES participants,” the JAMA report says. “The study followed the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) reporting guideline.”
Researchers claimed in their findings that an estimated 110,000 deaths per year could be preventable if US adults aged 40 to 85 increased their physical activity by at least 10 minutes each day.
“To our knowledge, this is the first study to estimate the number of preventable deaths through physical activity using accelerometer-based measurements among US adults while recognizing that increasing activity may not be possible for everyone,” the study determined.
“These findings support implementing evidence-based strategies to improve physical activity for adults and potentially reduce deaths in the US.”