A study carried out by the University of São Paulo (USP) with 34 women between 50 and 70 years old showed that the drop in the level of physical activity imposed by the quarantine caused a lot of damage to health.
The research that aimed to analyze the effects of different physical training programs on volunteers of different profiles ended up changing with the pandemic. And went on to analyze the health of women who had already been called for the first survey. Thus, it was possible to compare, through blood tests and questionnaires, how their health was before and during the pandemic.
In 16 weeks of isolation, the researchers recorded a 39.8% increase in insulin rate, on average, and an 8% increase in total cholesterol level, on average as well, which represents a risk of diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
According to Professor Carlos Bueno Junior from the School of Physical Education of Ribeirão Preto, in the interior of São Paulo, the research should serve as a warning for the need for public policies to promote physical activities as a way to avoid chronic diseases.
And Professor Carlos Bueno’s recommendation for people who are going to seek physical exercise practices on online platforms is also to look for professionals for further guidance, especially the elderly and people with physical limitations.