Playing golf helps you live longer, according to new study

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By Sean Dowling, Buzz60

Playing golf is likely to increase life expectancy, help prevent chronic diseases and improve mental health, according to a new study.

Research shows golfers live five years longer, and playing 18 holes can burn 500 calories.

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Researchers at Scotland's University of Edinburgh reviewed 5,000 studies on the benefits and potential drawbacks of the sport.

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They found that golf can help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases like heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and colon cancer.

The study's lead author, Dr. Andrew Murray, says there are mental benefits as well, like reducing the risk of anxiety, depression and dementia.

Swinging a club also helps improve muscle endurance and balance which is helpful in old age.

The research is published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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