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Keeping fit in midlife lowers stroke risk

(Medical News Today) A new study offers further evidence for the health benefits of exercise, after finding that adults who are physically fit in midlife are significantly less likely to have a stroke in later life…
For their study, the team analyzed 19,815 adults who were part of the 1970-2009 Cooper Center Longitudinal Study…
Compared with participants who had the lowest cardiorespiratory fitness aged 45-50, those who had the highest cardiorespiratory fitness were found to be at 37 percent lower risk of stroke after the age of 65.
After accounting for possible confounding factors - such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and atrial fibrillation - the link between high fitness levels and lower stroke risk remained.
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