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It's safer for people with long term conditions to be physically active.
Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, Deputy Chief Medical Officer
The benefits of exercise outweigh the risks for most people with long term health conditions. However, the fear of increasing symptoms or worsening long term problems commonly stops people from moving more. Many healthcare professionals also feel unsure about what advice they should give to people living with symptomatic medical conditions. A major review of scientific evidence and expert clinical consensus has found physical activity is safe – even for people living with symptoms of multiple conditions.
The findings offer guidance for healthcare professionals that physical activity can be used to manage the majority of long-term health conditions.
There are five impact statements that make up the consensus:
There are also eight symptom specific statements, to support healthcare professionals to have well informed personalised conversations with patients to effectively address concerns about the impact of increasing activity on their symptoms. These include; Musculoskeletal pain, Fatigue (NB), Shortness of breath, Cardiac chest pain, Palpitations, Dysglycaemia, (high or low blood sugar), Cognitive impairment, Falls and frailty to support conversations with patients.
Find out more about the consensus statement and resources to support healthcare professionals on the Moving Medicine Website.