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Walking lowers stroke risks in women

Taking a walk just a few days each week might reduce your stroke risk, even as it improves your overall health and keeps your weight under control.

A study published in the journal Stroke arrived at this conclusion after looking at questionnaires from 13,576 men and 19,416 women (ages 29 to 69) who were enrolled in a cancer and nutrition study in Spain.

The participants were followed for 10 to 14 years, during which time researchers evaluated their physical activity levels and recorded any strokes.

Although walking didn’t have much impact on men’s stroke risks, women who walked for more than three-and-a-half hours each week had fewer strokes than those who didn’t walk regularly. This study doesn’t prove that walking prevents strokes—in part because people’s recall of their activities is not always exact. However, a similar finding came out of the Women’s Health Initiative two years ago. In that study, women who walked for two or more hours a week had a 30% lower risk for stroke than women who were less active. These studies underscore the importance of getting regular physical activity to reduce your cardiovascular risks.

Posted by: Dr.Health

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