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Fitness in Middle Age Lowers Medical Costs Later: Study
Date:5/11/2012

conditions leading to major health care costs," said Steinbaum, who also is the hospital's director of women and heart disease. "We should have financial support for people to go to gym facilities."

People who are more fit should "get some benefit" from insurers, Steinbaum said. Society should "give them the ability to become fit," and then "give people a reward when they demonstrate" fitness, she added.

Because the new study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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To learn more about physical fitness, visit U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute .

SOURCES: Justin Bachmann, M.D., cardiology fellow, University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas; Suzanne Steinbaum, M.D., preventive cardiologist and director of women and heart disease, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; May 10, 2012, presentation, American Heart Association meeting, Atlanta


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