H-HEALTHY LIVING

Jan 8, 2014 5:47 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Staying fit as a teen could prevent serious health problems later in life

Staying physically fit as a teen could prevent serious health problems later in life.

A new Swedish study found men who were more aerobically fit during late adolescence were less likely to have a heart attack 30 to 40 years later.

Researchers say that reduced risk occurred regardless of the man's body mass index as a teenager.

However, fitness didn't fully compensate for being overweight or obese later in life.

Men who were fit but overweight had a significantly higher risk of heart attack than unfit, lean men.

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