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CDC: lack of physical activity leads to chronic illness

The Social Security Disability Insurance program helps provide benefits to those in Wilmington and across the nation that are unable to work due to an illness, injury or intellectual impairment. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Tuesday, May 6, that warns about an added illness risk for those who already have a disability.

The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report was recently released in which CDC researchers noted that individuals with a disability in the age range of 18 to 64 aren’t getting enough physical activity. An inactive lifestyle makes these individuals 50 percent more likely to be diagnosed with further disabling illnesses, including cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

How many individuals does this affect? According to the report, 47 percent of the group mentioned above doesn’t have any aerobic exercise in their lives. Another 22 percent are getting a little bit of aerobic physical activity, but it isn’t enough.

What is surprising is that 82 percent of adults with a disability will follow their doctor’s orders to get more physical activity, but less than half of the patients with a disability were given this advice.

It isn’t just the lack of a doctor’s recommendation that hinders the pursuit of the CDC’s suggested two hours and thirty minutes of weekly moderate intensity physical activity. Training for fitness professionals doesn’t always include activity plans for those with a particular disability, and finding a fitness plan that works isn’t easy.

This burden isn’t solely on the shoulders of those with the disability, reminded the CDC. Advocates and health professionals need to do a better job in helping those with a disability find an exercise plan that benefits their life and works with a disability instead of against it.

Source: disability scoop, “CDC: 1 In 2 With Disabilities Physically Inactive,” Michelle Diament, May 7, 2014

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