People who do not get physical activity can lead to as many deaths as smoking, according to a new study.

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The study, published in the acclaimed journal The Lancet, concludes that physical inactivity is on a par with smoking and obesity when it comes to mortality. 

Specifically, the study shows that physical inactivity causes between 6 to 10% of deaths from cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and colon and breast cancer.


Physical inactivity causes 10% of all deaths in the world 

Researchers believe that physical inactivity in 2008 caused 5.3 million deaths worldwide, of the 57 million deaths that occurred this year. 

If these numbers are correct, it means that physical inactivity causes 10% of all deaths worldwide, according to Medical News Today which has reported on the study.


Recommend at least 15 to 30 minutes of physical activity each day

The researchers conclude that if smoking and physical inactivity were eradicated, this would have dramatically positive consequences in relation to human life expectancy.

The researchers recommend that all people must have at least 15 to 30 minutes of physical activity every day!



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Ove Heradstveit

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