Keeping fit reduces chronic conditions in later life

Higher fitness levels in the 14,726 healthy male participants and 3944 healthy female participants, median age 49 years, was strongly associated with lower incidence of a range of chronic conditions decades later, the study found.

The chronic conditions analysed were congestive heart failure, ischaemic heart disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease and colon or lung cancer.

With a median follow-up of 26 years, the highest level of midlife fitness was associated with a lower