Men More at Risk
The risk of premature death is increased 63 percent by unemployment, say researchers from McGill and Stony Brook Universities. While the early death risk is increased for both sexes, men are much more likely to die early when unemployed. "We suspect that even today, not having a job is more stressful for men than for women," says McGill Sociology Professor Eran Shor. Researchers also found that preexisting health conditions had no effect, and the premature death risk is even greater for those under 50 years old. The data used in the research covered 20 million people in 15 (primarily western) countries during the past 40 years.
Just 30 Minutes, 5 Days Per Week
Light to moderate physical activity, especially for those who are inactive, reduces the risk of early death, say researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Their studies show that performing 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, five days per week, reduces the risk of death by 19 percent and by 24 percent for those who exercise seven hours per week. Lead researcher, James Woodcock said, "This research confirms that is not just exercising hard that is good for you but even moderate everyday activities, like walking and cycling, can have major health benefits. Just walking to the shops or walking the children to school can lengthen your life - as well as bringing other benefits for well-being and the environment."
Living Large. . .Not so Fast
A study linked a large waist line to an increased risk of dying in men and women. Over 100,000 men and women 50 years and older were followed over nine years, with 9,315 men and 5,332 women dying during the study. Men and women with waistlines 110cm and 95cm or greater, respectively, had a greater risk of death regardless of weight. The risk of death doubled in women and men with waistlines of 110cm and 120 cm, respectively. Most common cause of death was respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer in that order. Dr David Haslam, chair of the National Obesity Forum, said “This underlines the message that fat inside the belly is dangerous…Even if you have a normal BMI and a big tummy then you are just as much at risk as someone who is classified as obese with a large tummy."