Poor physical fitness second only to smoking as premature death risk factor

The New York Times (7/27, Reynolds) reports poor physical fitness is the second greatest risk factor for premature death after smoking, according to a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden examined data from the “Study of Men Born in 1913” to determine the greatest risk factors for premature death and found that smoking and poor physical fitness were the greatest risk factors.

HealthDay (7/27, Salamon) reports the researchers analyzed the physical exams and exercise testing results of a group of men born in 1913 who were first examined in 1967 for the longitudinal study and then subjected to follow-up exams for the following forty-five years.