Researchers evaluated 33,060 runners in the National Runners’ Health Study and 15,045 walkers in the National Walkers’ Health Study. Dr. Thompson said there will be more results coming from the data. The study found:
- Running reduced the risk for first-time hypertension 4.2%, and walking reduced it by 7.2%.
- Running cut the risk for first-time high cholesterol 4.3%, and walking reduced it by 7.0%.
- Running cut the risk for first-time diabetes 12.1%, and walking decreased it by 12.3%.
- Running reduced coronary heart disease 4.5% compared with 9.3% for walking.
GREAT NEWS for this aging tortoise who no longer runs 10-k’s due to bilateral knee osteoarthritis.