Los Angeles, CA – 2/20/2014—
Research presented at the American Stroke AssociationsInternational Stroke Conference on February 13th showed thatexercise reduced women’s stroke risk by up to 20 percent, and could even offsetthe increased risk postmenopausal women face with hormone therapy. What’s even better, the study showed thatmoderate exercise was more than enough; briskly walking or engaging inresistance training is just as beneficial as strenuous exercises such asrunning or high intensity interval training.
The CDC estimates that 795,000 people each year havestrokes, and those strokes end up resulting in the deaths of over 130,000. In addition to this, the costs of treatmentfor stroke related illnesses and disabilities is estimated to be costing the US$38.6 billion in medical costs. For thisreason, preventing strokes and the underlying costs of them can not only savelives, but can help lower health care costs for us as individuals and UScitizens collectively.
The study conducted by the California Teachers Studyconcluded that those who engaged in moderate physical activity regularly priorto enrolling in the study were 20 percent less likely to suffer from a strokeversus those who engaged in no physical activity. The study also surprised researchers byshowing that the reduction in stroke risk appeared strongest in those who engagedin moderate activity versus more strenuous exercise.
“More strenuous activity such as running didn’t furtherreduce women’s stroke risk,” explained Professor Sophia Wang of the BeckmanResearch Institute. “Moderate activity,such as brisk walking appeared to be ideal in this scenario.”
This study proves that the benefits of exercise rely more onregularity and engagement, not on levels of extreme physical exertion orovertraining. A moderate exerciseprogram can actively reduce stroke risk, in addition to numerous other healthbenefits.
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