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article imageNew research: Older men — A long daily walk reduces stroke risk

By Lesley Lanir     Nov 15, 2013 in Health
New research is out about the health benefits of walking. To reduce the chances of suffering from a stroke, older men should increase their activity by taking long daily walks, not fast-paced power walking, according to the findings of a new study.
As we age we have a higher risk for strokes and we reduce our physical activity levels. Older men are particularly susceptible to suffering from strokes.
The findings stem from research by Barbara J. Jefferis, PhD, of University College London, U.K., and colleagues, found in Protective Effect of Time Spent Walking on Risk of Stroke in Older Men. The study was published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke and shows that if older men walk more than 22 hours a week, the risk of having a stroke reduces by two thirds.
Dr Jefferis is quoted in Medpage Today as saying:
"Stroke is a major cause of death and disability and it is important to find ways to prevent it, especially in older people who are at high risk."
"On balance it seemed that time spent walking, rather than walking pace, was more important in our study."
"Our study suggests that maintaining an active lifestyle, specifically by walking, could be an important part of stroke prevention strategies in older people."
So, men, walk more and for longer and protect your health. Jefferis points out though that the study may have only focused on men and therefore the findings cannot not be generalised to women, nevertheless, there is no reason why women wouldn't benefit health-wise from walking just the same as men.
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