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Table 3 Knowledge about evidence of beneficial effects of physical activity for various conditions

From: A World Allergy Organization international survey on physical activity as a treatment option for asthma and allergies

Statement regarding condition Strong evidence Some evidence No evidence Did not know
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Improves the strength of bones and muscles 225 (80.4) 49 (17.5) 2 (0.7) 4 (1.4)
Improves psychological well-being 212 (75.7) 64 (22.9) 3 (1.1) 1 (0.4)
Helps in weight control 224 (80.0) 52 (18.6) 2 (0.7) 2 (0.7)
Reduces death from ischemic heart disease 156 (55.7) 106 (37.9) 9 (3.2) 9 (3.2)
Reduces the risk of hypertension 156 (55.7) 108 (38.6) 9 (3.2.) 7 (2.5)
Reduces premature death 96 (34.3) 129 (46.1) 23 (8.2) 32 (11.4)
Reduces blood pressure in known hypertensive 133 (47.5) 113 (47.5) 17 (6.1) 15 (5.4)
Reduces the risk of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus 153 (54.6) 96 (34.3) 16 (5.7) 14 (5.0)
Reduces the risk of breast cancer 31 (11.1) 91 (32.5) 78 (27.9) 80 (28.6)
Reduces asthma risk 34 (12.1) 134 (47.9) 70 (25.0) 42 (15)
Improves asthma control 87 (31.1) 152 (54.3) 22 (7.9) 19 (6.8)
Reduces allergic rhinitis incidence 17 (6.1) 68 (24.3) 129 (46.1) 66 (23.6)
Improves allergic rhinitis control 28 (10) 85 (30.4) 108 (38.6) 59 (21.1)