More interesting research today, this time hot off the presses (it was published last Wednesday).
This time around we’re looking at the European Journal Of Preventative Cardiology.
Basically, they were researching whether a fitness/stress/health test score called an A-BEST (Age Based On Exercise Stress Testing) could be a reliable predictor of mortality.
In other words, will you live longer if you’re healthier and fitter?
If I asked you what your thoughts are on this,
being the betting man I am, I’d wager that you’d say yes, you will live longer if you’re healthier.
That’s a bit of common sense at play assuming we all don’t get hit by a bus tomorrow.
But it’s also nice to see some research to back that thought up:
“Our present study demonstrates that estimated ‘physiological’ age based on readily available exercise stress testing variables performs better in predicting all-cause mortality compared to chronological age”
In other words:
this predicted age based on your health and fitness levels is a more reliable predictor of your mortality than your actual age.
So if you’re actually 40 and the score says your body is in the 30’s – then you’re on a winner.
If it says higher, then you’re in trouble and need to do some work before you pay the price.
The studies author was quoted as saying “Knowing your physiological age is good motivation to increase your exercise performance, which could translate into improved survival”.
I like it and hope something like this can catch on.
Something that could be an easy test for your GP to do and then have a recognised scale to refer back to.
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