Cardiorespiratory Fitness Key to Longevity for All?
Cardiorespiratory fitness emerged as a stronger predictor of all-cause mortality than did any traditional risk factor across the spectrum of age, sex, and race in a modeling study that included more than 750,000 US veterans. In addition, mortality risk was cut in half if individuals achieved a moderate cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) level — that is, by meeting the current US physical activity recommendations of 150 minutes per week, the authors note.
@koushin Figuring the time was right, the team analyzed data from the VA's Exercise Testing and Health Outcomes Study (ETHOS) on individuals aged 30-95 years who underwent exercise treadmill tests (ETTs) between 1999 and 2020. After exclusions, 750,302 individuals (from among 822,995) were included: 6.5% were women; 73.7% were White individuals; 19% were African American individuals; 4.7% were Hispanic individuals; and 2.1% were Native American, Asian, or Hawaiian individuals. Septuagenarians made up 14.7% of the cohort, and octogenarians made up 3.6%.