Emmanuel Stamatakis

Emmanuel Stamatakis is a researcher at the University of Sydney.[12]He specializes in physical activity and exercise.[34]

Stamatakis is an associated professor at the University of Sydney medical school.[5]

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Exercise could protect against alcohol

A study, led by the University of Sydney, Australia, found that people aged over 40 that do the recommended amount of physical activity in a week – which in this case was 150 minutes of aerobic exercise – but drink more than than the UK recommended guidelines were less likely to die than people who drink the same amount but exercise less. Among those who reported regular exercise, death rates were slightly lower, as long as they drank within the recommended guidelines. People who drank beyond these amounts, at levels considered dangerous for their health, showed higher rates of death from any cause or cancer regardless of how much they exercised. "Among the physically active, there was no increase in cancer and all-cause mortality up to hazardous levels of alcohol consumption," said Emmanuel Stamatakis, who led the study, as reported by Time.[9]


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University of Sydney finds racquet sports reduce risk of death by nearly half

The study, which looked at the impact of different sports on health of people with an average age of 51, found swimming cut the risk of death by 28 per cent, aerobics by 27 per cent and cycling by 15 per cent. Senior author Associate Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis at the University of Sydney said: ‘Our findings indicate that it’s not only how much and how often, but also what type of exercise you do that seems to make the difference.’ He added: ‘We found robust associations between participation in certain types of sport and exercise and mortality, indicating substantial reductions in all-cause and CVD mortality for swimming, racquet sports and aerobics and in all-cause mortality for cycling.’ Researchers did find a 43 per cent reduced risk of death from all causes and a 45 per cent reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease among runners compared to people who did no exercise.[7]


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Extensive weekend exercise may be better than daily training: Study

The study, which surveyed 64,000 people and was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association , compared weekend warriors with people in three other categories: inactive, insufficiently active, and regularly active. The study further suggested that, compared to their wholly inactive counterparts, insufficiently active people still benefited from a 31 percent lower risk of death, while regularly active people brought the risk down by 35 percent. Surprisingly, the insufficiently active, regularly active and weekend exercisers were all at a similar risk of death caused by heart disease or cancer. University of Sydney associate professor Emmanuel Stamatakis explained, "It is very encouraging news that being physically active on just one or two occasions per week is associated with a lower risk of death, even among people who do some activity but don't quite meet recommended exercise levels.”[8]


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Walking at a faster pace may delay death from heart disease

"Walking pace is associated with all-cause mortality risk, but its specific role -- independent from the total physical activity a person undertakes -- has received little attention until now," lead author Dr. Emmanuel Stamatakis, from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Center and School of Public Health, said in a press release. An average pace walk was associated with a 20 percent reduction in risk for all deaths compared with walking at a slow pace. At a brisk or fast pace, it was 24 percent lower. Specifically, in cardiovascular disease mortality, compared with a slow pace, there was a 24 percent reduction in risk at an average pace and 21 percent less at a brisk or fast pace. They found no associations between pace and cancer mortality. "While sex and body mass index did not appear to influence outcomes, walking at an average or fast pace was associated with a significantly reduced risk of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease," he said.[6]


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