Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Dr. Wael Jaber said he was surprised by these results, noting, "Being unfit on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test has a worse prognosis, as far as death, than being hypertensive, being diabetic or being a current smoker".
'We can see from the study that the ultra-fit still have lower mortality, ' Jaber said, indicting that there is no amount of exercising that could result in health risks.
Either way, he said that lack of physical fitness should be considered as being on par with hypertension, diabetes and smoking when it comes to health risk factors.
When the subgroups were analysed by age, the survival benefit of elite versus high performance was the most notable in older patients, the findings revealed.More news: 'Luke Cage' Star Mike Colter Breaks Silence On Series Cancellation
As such, being unfit, 'should be treated nearly as a disease that has a prescription, which is called exercise, ' he said. The researchers looked at the possibility of diehard gym rats and marathoners being at risk from pushing themselves too hard, but found that there's no link between an abundance of exercise and an early grave. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States.
Results showed that among respondents above 70, elite performers had a almost 30 per cent reduced risk of mortality compared to high performers.
However, according to the study, individual patients should always check with their healthcare provider before starting an exercise programme. "Whether you're in your 40s or your 80s, you will benefit in the same way". Diabetes and heart disease, obviously not great, either. The risk of dying was twice as much among those who fared poorly on the treadmill compared to those who had kidney failure on dialysis.
"If you compare the risk of sitting versus the highest performing on the exercise test, the risk is about three times higher than smoking", Jaber explained. The study measured all-cause mortality relating to the benefits of fitness and exercise.More news: Mourinho bats off Real return to focus on stopping Ronaldo
Comparing somebody who doesn't exercise much to somebody who exercises regularly, he said, still showed a risk 390% higher.
Meanwhile, those that didn't do well on the treadmill test were said to have nearly two times the health risks as those with kidney failure on dialysis.
It's nearly as if humans were meant to walk and run.More news: 'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Willa aims for Mexico