Aug 8, 2019
Professional baseball players enjoy a 24% lower mortality rate from any cause compared with the average American man. This observation stems from a Harvard study of more than 10,600 MLB players donning the uniform over the past century.
Compared with men the same age, the players’ were 20% less likely to die from cardiovascular causes and cancer, some 30% less likely to die from injuries, respiratory, digestive, and genitourinary problems, 50% less likely to succumb to diabetes, and 60% less likely to commit suicide.
The players health advantages come from their fitness. You need not run out of a dugout most summer days to enjoy the same benefits if you exercise regularly.
Nguyen VT, Zafonte RD, Kponee-Shovein KZ, Paganoni S, Weisskopf MG. All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality Among Major League Baseball Players. JAMA Intern Med. Published online July 22, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.1218
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