Does physical activity lower the risk of bacterial infections?

The risk of viral infections is known to be affected by physical activity, but little information is available regarding the more serious infections caused by bacteria. In this study, the investigators examined the relationship between leisure-time physical activity and suspected bacterial infections during a one-year follow up. Suspected bacterial infections were determined based on prescriptions for antibiotics. Via the use of Denmark’s unique civil registration number (an identification number assigned to all citizens at birth), it was possible to link health survey information with information from nationwide registries. Results showed that compared with sedentary behavior, low leisure-time physical activity was…
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