Physical Activity May Reduce Bacterial Infection Risk – Says Study

Engaging in regular physical activity may help to prevent the risk of bacterial infection, a new research has discovered.

physical-activityLow or moderate levels of physical activity can knowingly eradicate the bacterial infection risk as compared to a sedentary lifestyle.

As we all know, regular physical activity provides a number of health benefits and also lower the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, breast cancer, depression and other health related problems.

According to the study findings, when compared to sedentary behavior, the low leisure physical activity showed 10 percent reduced risk of any suspected bacterial infection, revealed Kathrine Pape Madsen from the Aalborg University, Denmark.

Moreover, people engaged in low or moderate levels of leisure-time physical activity were linked with 21 percent and 32 percent lower risk of developing suspected cystitis (a urinary tract infection) than other people classified as sedentary.

The study, however, disclosed that the suspected respiratory tract bacterial infections were not linked with physical activity level.

According to the statistics of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the physical inactivity has been recognized as the fourth prominent risk factor for universal mortality, causing approximately 3.2 million deaths worldwide.

The research team had examined the association between the suspected bacterial infections and leisure-time physical activity during a 1 year follow-up period.

Data on leisure-time physical activity was acquired from the North Denmark Region Health Surveys of 18,874 Danes conducted in 2007 and 2010.

On the basis of filled prescriptions for antibiotics, the suspected bacterial infections were determined.

The study involved 5368 participants during a one-year follow-up, who filled no less than one antibiotic prescription.

“These results indicate that practitioners should be aware of physical activity as a potential preventive factor for bacterial infections in the work of disease prevention and health promotion.” the study authors concluded.

There was a remarkable difference between the level of physical activity and filling any antibiotic prescriptions among females as compared to men.

The study was printed in the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

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