Researchers at Tufts University, Massachusetts, have found that seniors can cut their risk of heart disease and stroke by walking faster … or longer.
Dariush Mozaffarian, author of the report, is an American cardiologist, epidemiologist, and the dean of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.
Based on a study of 4,207 American men and women with an average age of 73, the study found that:
– Seniors who walk faster than 3 miles per hour have a 50% lower risk of cardio vascular disease.
– Seniors who walk at 3mph have a 53% lower risk of stroke than those who walk at 2mph.
– Seniors walking 7 blocks a day had a 47% lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who walk 5 blocks a day.
The researchers found that, compared with people who walk for a quarter of a mile a day, those who walked a third of a mile (or more) reduce their risk of coronary heart disease by 36 per cent and stroke by 54 per cent.
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