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Exercise "cuts age-related illness"

Taking regular exercise can cut the risk of age-related diseases in later life, new research suggests.

Experts at King's College London and in the US studied 2,401 twins and also found those who exercise regularly are biologically around nine years younger than those who do no physical activity.

Studies have already found that taking regular exercise can cut the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis.

The authors concluded: "The US guidelines recommend that 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week can have significant health benefits.

"Our results underscore the vital importance of these guidelines. They show that adults who partake in regular physical activity are biologically younger than sedentary individuals."

Denise Armstrong, lifestyle manager at Heart Research UK, said: "We already know that exercise greatly reduces your risk of developing heart disease.

"This study indicates another way that exercise may be beneficial, not only in reducing heart disease, but many other age-related conditions."

King's College London

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