August 2012 Issue
Be Fit, Pay Lower Health Costs
Fit middle-age adults have medical costs that are 38 percent lower later in life, compared with their unfit counterparts, according to a study that analyzed data from Medicare and insurance claims. Researchers from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center and the Cooper Institute screened more than 20,000 men and women, average age 51, from the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, which collected data over four decades. Levels of fitness were determined by a treadmill test in which better performance is correlated with regular exercise.
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