The results of these analyses show that Swedish golf players have mortality rates that are about 60% of those in the general population after adjustment for socioeconomic status. This is true for both sexes and in all age groups.
The mortality was the lowest in those with the lowest golf handicap, i.e., among the most skilled golfers.
The benefits of leisure-time physical activities in terms of reduced risks of cardiovascular disease are well established through a number of epidemiological cohort studies
We noted that the mortality is the lowest among the most skilled players, i.e., among those with the lowest handicap, which suggests that the level of intensity of the game plays a role.
This in turn indicates that the reduced mortality, at least partly, is indeed due to the playing of golf rather than to bias.
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