Physical activity may lower bacterial infection risk

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Researchers have found physical activity is associated with a significantly lower risk of suspected bacterial infections.

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Bacterial infections can be life threatening. Fears of the development of antibiotic resistant bacterial infections has generated a great deal of interest in a search for natural remedies to help prevent them.

The American College of Sports Medicine reports it has been found that physical activity affects the risk of viral infections. However there has not been much information about whether physical activity affects bacterial infections.

An association exists between a 10 percent decreased risk of suspected bacterial infection and low leisure time physical activity

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For this study researchers investigated the relationship which exists between leisure time physical activity and suspected bacterial infections. Prescriptions for antibiotics were used to determine suspected bacterial infections. Among citizens of Denmark it was observed that in comparison with sedentary behavior there was an association between a 10 percent decreased risk of suspected bacterial infection and low leisure time physical activity.

There was an associated 21 percent and 32 percent decrease of suspected cytitis with physical activity

Furthermore it was found that there was an associated 21 percent and 32 percent decrease of suspected cytitis, or urinary tract bacterial infections, with low and moderate physical activity in comparison to sedentary people. There was no association found between physical activity and suspected respiratory tract infections.

This study has been published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. It has been concluded that there is an association between a statistically significant 10% lower risk of suspected bacterial infections and physical activity. It a good idea to keep in mind the potential value of exercise in helping to control bacterial infections which often have the potential to be deadly.

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