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Exercise and optimism can help fight chronic diseases, study finds

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According to a study conducted by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of the American population currently suffers from chronic diseases. These numbers, MSNBC reports, have risen staggeringly with the high presence of obesity in society. The percentage of adult Americans living with heart diseases, obesity and diabetes is 18.4 percent which is almost double the results of a 1984 study, according to the statistics provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And while many think ageing means becoming frail and ill, they are mistaken, researchers say. Margaret Moore of the CDC says: “I think the old myth was somehow after age 60, 65, there’s just nothing you can do anymore. But really there are lots of things you can do to improve your function [and] and your health well into older age.”

According to alive.com, regular exercise can help maintain body hormones and oxygen functioning, which is essential to build muscle strength in humans.

But exercise isn’t our only fountain of youth: apparently a good amount of optimism and cheer keeps us healthy and feeling better longer too, the research suggests.

Carmel Dyer, geriatrician at the University of Texas Medical School, said: “I’ve been practicing geriatric medicine for almost 20 years, and I’ve notice that my patients who sort of make the best of everything, when there’s lemons they make lemonade…they seem to live longer and happier lives. I think if you’re more optimistic, you’re more positive, you’re going to do better, you’re going to feel better.”

Another recent study has found overweight elderly people live longer.

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