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article imageDisability rates in the U.S. reviewed

By Tim Sandle     May 13, 2014 in Health
Washington - More than 21 million U.S. adults 18–64 years of age have a disability. These are adults with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs; hearing; seeing; or concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), aerobic physical activity can help all adults, including those with disabilities, avoid costly and deadly chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers. The concern is that one in two adults with disabilities get no aerobic physical activity compared with one in four adults without disabilities.
The CDC also raises some disturbing facts in relation to those with disabilities:
Adults with disabilities are 3 times more likely to have heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer than adults without disabilities.
Nearly half of all adults with disabilities get no aerobic physical activity, an important health behavior to help avoid these chronic diseases.
Adults with disabilities were 82 percent more likely to be physically active if their doctor recommended it.
To assist with the promotion of physical exercise, the CDC recommends that funding national and state programs to develop physical activity programs for adults with disabilities become a policy priority.
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