Active lifestyle helps extend life

According to a recently published study, summarized on Reuters Health, remaining active in mid- through late-life is important in maintaining quality of life on down the road--in particular, in delay the start of type 2 diabetes:
They found that at age 50 life expectancy free of diabetes is 2.3 years longer for moderately active individuals and at least 4 years longer for highly active individuals.

"The effect of physical activity on life expectancy without diabetes reflects both the lower incidence of diabetes and the lower mortality of nondiabetic individuals associated with increasing physical activity," Dr. Wilma J. Nusselder from Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and colleagues report in Diabetes Care.