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How Exercise Affects Disease Prevention and Prognosis

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Exercise proved to be a more powerful indicator of ability to function following a stroke than body fat (as measured by BMI)
  • Less-active participants who suffered a stroke were 18 percent less likely to be able to perform basic self-care, such as bathing and eating, following a stroke
  • Those who exercised vigorously at least three times a week were able to function better and more independently both before and after a stroke

Research continues to pour in that exercise is crucial not only for disease prevention but also for significantly improving your prognosis if disease does occur. In the case of stroke, which is responsible for 1 out of every 20 deaths in the U.S., exercise appears to be an even more important factor in outcomes than body fat.

Two-thirds of Americans have at least one of the leading risk factors for stroke, including being a smoker or having high blood pressure.


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