Does exercise reduce the risk of fracture, coronary heart disease risk, and health care costs in elderly women?

From: Archives of Internal Medicine

Journal rating:
rating: 99%
Study Quality:
rating: 85%
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Overall Reliability

Article Quality:
rating: 80%
Partcipants
rating: 25%

Participants/situation

  • 246 women 65 years or older

Study

  • The exercise group performed a multipurpose exercise program over 18 months with special emphasis on exercise intensity
  • The controls focused on well-being with a low-intensity, low-frequency program. 

Results

  • The 18-month exercise program significantly improved bone mineral density and fall risk, but not predicted coronary heart disease risk, in elderly women.
  • The benefits occurred at no increase in direct costs.

Answer

  • Yes (with confidence) – for bone mineral density and fall risk.

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Editors Notes

  • The weekly exercise program consisted of two 60-minute supervised group classes and two 20-minute home training sessions

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