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CDC: Inactive adults with disabilities at greater risk for chronic disease

May 7, 2014

Working-age adults with disabilities who do not get any aerobic physical activity are 50% more likely than their active peers to have a chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, stroke or heart disease, according to a new Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half of adults with disabilities who are able to do aerobic physical activity do not get any, and an additional 22% are not active enough, CDC said. Adults with disabilities were 82% more likely to be physically active if their doctor recommended it. “Physical activity is the closest thing we have to a wonder drug,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D. “Unfortunately, many adults with disabilities don’t get regular physical activity. That can change if doctors and other health care providers take a more active role helping their patients with disabilities develop a physical fitness plan that’s right for them.”