Exercise is Medicine for Older Americans
This health tip is for people older than 50 years of age. Fifty is a young age in 2016. African Americans who exercise improved their overall quality and longevity.
Current studies reveal that people who live in the southern area of the country are less likely to be active and fit compared to those who reside in other areas of the country. One third of African Americans and Hispanics are inactive.
Exercise is a major way to decrease one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Diabetes, hypertension, strokes, depression, and some forms of cancer are health issues that occur at a lower risk when one exercises.
Active people are usually not overweight and are likely to be more educated. Older people who are less active are likely to experience falls and broken bones. New information suggests that lifting weights and walking both help to prolong life.
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Thaddeus J. Bell, MD
I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.
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