Exercising in your 40s cuts chances of stroke by a third

Washington: Exercising in your 40s could cut your risk of a stroke in your 60s by one-third, a latest has revealed.


The study indicated that men and women, who are very fit in their mid to late 40s, are a third less likely to suffer a stroke aged 65-plus than their friends and colleagues.

The result is important because stroke is fourth-biggest killer, claiming twice as many women’s lives as breast cancer and killing more men than prostate and cancer combined.

It is also the main cause of severe disability, the report said.

Doing exercise in your 40s also benefits those with long-term illnesses such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and atrial fibrillation, which causes a fast heart rate, the researchers said.

The researchers analyzed data on almost 20,000 men and women who had been put through a fitness test on a treadmill while aged between 45 and 50 and had their health tracked until they were at least 65.

MRI of a brain hemorrhage is one of the possible causes for a stroke.

The fittest 40 per cent in middle-age were 37 per cent less likely than the least fit to suffer a stroke in old age.

The result held even when factors such as diabetes and high blood pressure were taken into account.

The scientists went on to inform that exercise may boost blood flow to the brain, staving off the natural decay of brain tissue.

One of the researchers said: “We all hear that exercise is good for you but many people still don’t do it. Our hope is that this objective data, on preventing fatal disease such as stroke, will help motivate people to get moving and get fit.”