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Being in good shape may help protect you from heart disease, diabetes, strokes ... and even gravity.
Hi, I'm Dr. Cindy Haines, host of HealthDay TV.
Every year, 8 million Americans are treated in emergency departments for falls, and about 19,000 die from these accidents. Among people ages 65 and older, falls are the leading cause of injuries. New research from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that fitness may reduce people's chances of falling. The researchers included more than 10,000 adults, of whom about 20 percent reported falling in the previous year. Fifteen percent of people who fell did so while walking. The researchers found that men who weren't physically fit were substantially more likely to fall while walking than men who were very fit. This relationship between falls and physical fitness was not seen as strongly in women. The National Institute on Aging recommends that older adults get at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity on most or all days each week. Activities that build muscle strength and improve balance and flexibility are also important. I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.