The research, using data from the UK Biobank of 474,919 people recruited within the UK, found those with a habitually fast walking pace have a long life expectancy across all levels of weight status – from underweight to morbidly obese. Underweight individuals with a slow walking pace had the lowest life expectancy (an average of 64.8 years for men, 72.4 years for women). The same pattern of results was found for waist circumference measurements.
A respiratory consultant from Leicester’s Hospitals has been elected to join the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
A team of researchers at the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre, UK – a partnership between Leicester’s Hospitals, the University of Leicester and Loughborough University – have concluded that middle-aged people who report that they are slow walkers could be at higher risk of heart disease compared to the general population.
A new study conducted at the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), UK, has found that breaking up prolonged bouts of restful sitting with short, frequent bouts of simple seated arm exercises can benefit obese patients at high risk of type 2 diabetes.
The research team at the Leicester BRC, which is a partnership between Leicester’s Hospitals, the University of Leicester and Loughborough University, had their findings published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. Their research examined the blood sugar levels of participants after meals in two conditions: during prolonged sitting, and sitting that was interrupted regularly with short bursts of upper body exercises using table-top arm cranks.
Regular exercise has been proven to help manage chronic conditions like Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease and can reduce the risks of developing them in the first place, by lowering the amount of sugar in the blood after eating. Unfortunately, these chronic conditions and their complications can also make it dif cult for people to perform the exercise that would help them.
Leicester Women in Medicine will host ‘Listening to be Heard: Experiences of Effective Leadership on 1st November 2017.