A new study suggests, older men who spend several hours walking each day are less likely to have a stroke than their peers who rarely walk.
Researchers said few studies have looked specifically at how both walking speed and walking time or distance are linked to stroke risk.
“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 stroke risk,” Barbara J. Jefferis told Reuters Health in an email. She led the research at University College London in the UK.
“Our study suggests that maintaining an active lifestyle, specifically by spending more time on all forms of walking, could be an important part of stroke prevention strategies in older people,” Jefferis said.
Jefferis and her co-authors analyzed data from men enrolled in a long-term British heart study.