Ridiculous Study of the Week: Physical Activity in Sick People

Okay, so you are not going to believe this, but:

Participants with chronic disease undertook 9% or 61 minutes (95% confidence interval: 57.8–64.8) less moderate activity and 11% or 3 minutes (95% confidence interval: 2.7–3.3) less vigorous activity per week than individuals without chronic disease. 

To be clear, it is not saying that those who exercise less may get more diseases. That would be interesting. No, this study says that people who are sicker undergo less moderate and vigorous exercise. No shit!

And that is why this is this week’s winner of of “Ridiculous Study of the Week”. Congratulations.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Ridiculous Study of the Week: Physical Activity in Sick People

  1. Steve O'
    February 16, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    The next article is: Physical activity of UK adults who are dead: cross-sectional analysis of accelerometer-measured physical activity in 96 706 deceased UK Biobank participants.
    Demise is associated with decreased risk of acquiring major chronic diseases, although uncertainty exists about which chronic diseases, themselves, might contribute to physical inactivity. The objective of this study was to compare the physical activity of those who have passed along to healthy individuals using an objective measure of physical activity, government employment.
    Experimental group is selected by the Monty-Python method:

    He’s not pinin’! He’s passed on! This patient is no more! He has ceased to be! He’s expired and gone to meet his maker! He’s a stiff! Bereft of life, He rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed him to the perch he’d be pushing up the daisies! His metabolic processes are now history! He’s off the twig! He’s kicked the bucket, He’s shuffled off his mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-PATIENT!!

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