In this study, I investigate the affects that running has on reducing the risk of some health
problems. I am doing this because I run about 40 to 60 miles per week, and my family has a
history of health problems. For instance, my grandfather suffered a heart attack, and he also had
cancer when he was about the age of 50. Furthermore, my grandfather, on my dad’s side of the
family, has also had triple bi-pass heart surgery from a heart attack he has had recently.
Here, I present information from some sources that talk about the affects that running
has on reducing health risks. My sources agree that running, and some other aerobic exercises,
reduce the risk of: Diabetes, diverticular disease, heart decease, several types of cancer, and
even common sicknesses like a cold.
One source agrees that running reduces the risk of diabetes. Jim Harmon writes, in
Sports Illustrated, about Bruce Leonard, a marathoner with a masters degr...