Staying Fit in Midlife Reduces the Risk of Stroke in Later Years
A new study -- published in the journal Stroke -- reinforces previous data on the long-term benefits of exercise. In the latest study, researchers found that adults who are physically fit in midlife (ages 45 - 50) are less likely to suffer a stroke in later life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year almost 800,000 Americans have a stroke, and around 130,000 die as a result, making stroke one of the leading causes of death and long-term disability in the United States.
The results of this latest study were, in a word, striking. Participants with the highest cardiorespiratory fitness were found to be at 37 percent lower risk of stroke after the age of 65, compared with participants with the lowest measured cardiorespiratory fitness.
"Low fitness is generally ignored as an actual risk factor in clinical practice," noted Dr. Ambarish Pandey, of the Southwestern Medical Center at the University of Texas and a lead author of the study. "Our research suggests that low fitness in midlife is an additional risk to target and help prevent stroke later in life."
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