Walk Faster, Good for Elderly

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New York:  old people who walk faster and longer face a lower risk of cardio-vascular illness (CVD), a large prospective community-based study of older Americans has found.

The study find out that those who were more active had significantly lower risk of future heart attacks and stroke. The finding hold good for both men and women and those older than 75 years.

The researchers at Tufts University studied a group of American adults whose mean age was 73 at the start of the study and who were then followed for 10 years.

Study rate clear cut aspects of physical activity by the men and women during this 10-year period – a greater pace, walking distance, and leisure activity – each was allied with a lower risk of cardiovascular illness.

Adults who walked at a pace faster than 5 kmph had a 50 percent lower risk of coronary heart illness (CHD) and total CVD, as well as 53 percent reduce risk of stroke, compared to those who walked at a pace of less than 3 kmph.

Those who walked an average of seven blocks per day or more had a 36 percent reduce risk of CHD and 54 percent reduce risk of stroke, compared to those who walked up to five blocks per week.

Those who engaged in leisure activities such as lawn-mowing, gardening, swimming, biking and hiking, also had a reduce risk of CHD, stroke and total CVD, compared to those who did not engage in leisure-time activities.

It appears that whether one increases the total distance or the pace of walking, CVD risk is lowered. Fortunately, walking is an activity that many older adults can enjoy.

 

The studied 4,207 men and women who had been named in the Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS). CHS is a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health-supported national cohort of U.S. men and women who were named in 1989-90 from Medicare competence lists and whose health was followed over time. The study used the information in the CHS database concerning physical activity, including walking, leisure-time activities and exercise intensity, and other health information coming from annual study visits such as physical exams, diagnostic testing, laboratory evaluations, personal health histories, and measured risk factors.

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