Apr
20
2007
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PREVENTION AND TREATMENT THROUGH SPORT/FOOTBALL

The preventive and therapeutic effect of regular physical activity has been demonstrated by scientific studies into the following diseases:
• Back pain: strong preventive effect, posture stabilization, muscle strengthening
• Reduced insulin sensitivity (preliminary stage of diabetes): enhanced uptake of glucose from the blood, increased insulin sensitivity, reduction of the blood pressure
• Diabetes (diabetes mellitus type 2): enhanced uptake of glucose, increased insulin sensitivity, improved glucose control
• Diabetes (diabetes mellitus type 1): reduced insulin requirement, better blood lipid levels
• Increased blood lipid levels: muscles burn more fat than carbohydrates, thus increasing the “good” and reducing the “bad” cholesterol
• Hypertension: reduction of both blood pressure values, reduction of stress hormones, relaxation of the blood vessel walls, improved heart function
• Obesity: break down of fat in general and, in particular, in and around the abdomen, counters muscle degeneration during a diet and helps to maintain weight
• Heart attack, coronary heart disease (calcification of coronary vessels): improved blood flow, less clot formation, blood pressure and lipid reduction, vessel widening etc.
• Cardiac insufficiency: improved cardiac output, less cardiac enlargement, favorable myocardial change, reduction of stress hormones
• Chronic pulmonary emphysema: improved general cardiopulmonary condition
• Intermittent claudication (peripheral artery occlusive disease): vascularisation, extended walking range, pain relief, improved quality of life
• Joint attrition (arthrosis): enhanced muscle function stabilizing the joint
• Rheumatism: anti-inflammatory effect
• Osteoporosis: enhanced bone density, fall avoidance
• Asthma: improved general cardiopulmonary condition, reduced breathing work (training after treatment with short-acting medication)
• Colonic cancer, breast cancer: improved quality of life, alleviation of discomfort, likely to play some part in preventing cancer
• Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome: helps to break the vicious circle of inactivity and reduced capacity
• Depression: fitness and muscle training improves well-being, offers a distraction and induces beneficial hormone changes