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26/1/2018

ISGlobal: Smokers have better functioning lungs when doing regular physical activity

ISGlobal: Smokers have better functioning lungs when doing regular physical activity


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The respiratory health of smokers has been found to be improved when they were engaged in physical leisure activities. This association has not been observed in non-smokers, which suggests the existence of an inflammation-related biological mechanism. The study used and analyzed data of 3,912 adults, aged 27-57 years at the start of the study, over a 10-year period. The participants were considered as being active if they exercised with a frequency of two or more times a week and a duration of one hour a week or more.

“This evidence should be used to inform and support public health messages that promote increasing and maintaining physical activity as a way of preserving respiratory health in middle-age adults”, explains Judith Garcia-Aymerich, head of the Non-Communicable Diseases and Environment Programme at ISGlobal. - RF/PRBB

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Reference article:
Fuertes E, et.al., Leisure-time vigorous physical activity is associated with better lung function: the prospective ECRHS study. Thorax. 2018 Jan 6.