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The amazing benefits of running on longevity

Running is a popular form of exercise. But how does running impact your longevity? What is the impact of combining running with other forms of exercise? Check out the video above.

Key Findings:

  • Runners have 25-40% lower risk of all-cause death than non-runners
  • Runners have 45-70% lower risk of heart disease death than non-runners
  • Runners have 30-50% lower risk of cancer-related death than non-runners
  • Overall, running can lower risk of death by 27%. But combining it with other physical activities, the risk of death drops to 43%
  • Runners have a 3 year longer life expectancy than non-runners
  • 1 hour of running equates to about 7 hours of extended life

Reference:

Lee D. et al. Running as a Key Lifestyle Medicine for Longevity. Prog Cardiovasc Dise (2017), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pcad.2017.03.005.

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Sean Hashmi, MD, MS, FASN

Sean Hashmi, MD, MS, FASN is a practicing Nephrologist and Obesity Medicine Specialist in Southern California. He is founding director of SELFPrinciple.org, a non-profit 501c(3), non-commercial site focused on evidence-based nutrition, health, and wellness. Dr. Hashmi graduated from the University of California, San Diego Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA-Olive View Medical Center followed by a fellowship in Nephrology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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