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Longevity of men capable of prolonged vigorous physical exercise: a 32 year follow up of 2259 participants in the Dutch eleven cities ice skating tour.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2279154     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To compare the long term survival of a group of athletes taking prolonged vigorous physical exercise to that of the general population. DESIGN: Follow up of a cohort of participants in the Dutch eleven cities ice skating tour (a race and recreational tour) over a distance of 200 kilometers. SETTING: Data on participation from the organising committee and data on mortality from all municipalities in The Netherlands. SUBJECTS: 2259 Male athletes. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Comparison of all cause mortality in male participants in the tour with that in the general population of The Netherlands. RESULTS: The standardised mortality ratio for all participants during 32 years of follow up was 0.76 (95% confidence interval 0.68 to 0.85), and 0.90 (0.48 to 1.44) for participants in the race, and 0.72 (0.60 to 0.86) for participants in the recreational tour who finished within the time limit. CONCLUSIONS: The capacity for prolonged and vigorous physical exercise, particularly if the exercise is recreational, is a strong indicator of longevity.
J L van Saase; W M Noteboom; J P Vandenbroucke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  BMJ (Clinical research ed.)     Volume:  301     ISSN:  0959-8138     ISO Abbreviation:  BMJ     Publication Date:    1990 Dec 22-29
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-03-13     Completed Date:  1991-03-13     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8900488     Medline TA:  BMJ     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1409-11     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Leiden University Hospital, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Cause of Death
Cohort Studies
Confidence Intervals
Exercise / physiology*
Longevity / physiology*
Middle Aged
Physical Fitness

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