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One in 12 deaths could be prevented with 30 minutes of exercise five days a week, finds study

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4406 (Published 21 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4406
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Being physically active for 150 minutes a week could prevent one in 12 deaths globally and one in 20 cases of cardiovascular disease (CVD), a large study has found.1 Being even more active was associated with additional benefits.

Previous research in high income countries has shown that low levels of physical activity are associated with increased mortality and morbidity from CVD but there has been limited data from low and middle income countries.

Researchers prospectively studied 130 843 healthy volunteers aged 30 to 70 years. They measured their physical activity using the …

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