Physical Activity and Health in The Elderly

Physical Activity and Life Expectance

Author(s): Alexandrina Lobo

Pp: 37-41 (5)

Doi: 10.2174/978160805100711001010037

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Abstract

Taking a glimpse outside the life expectancy period of persons, if these effects are compared to middle aged persons, there exist reasons in relation to cardiovascular aspects necessitates to an increase in the number of interventions in relation to the elderly. Group, communitarian and educative programs are efficient to increase the physical activity (PA) of this group, usually with higher prevalence of a sedentary lifestyle and cardiovascular morbidity. The preventive benefits of the PA can be measured by the alteration of the weight, arterial pressure, diabetes or hypercholesterolemia, muscular performance and mental concentration. When controlling these risk factors, any independent contributors are not verified in the different PA patterns in cardiovascular diseases. In both genders involving a wider specter of ages, the epidemiologist’s comments suggested that moderate activities, such as the simple task of walking, independent of the direct or indirect effect, is enough for the reduction of cardiovascular disease, in the order of 21-24%.

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