According to a new study published in the American Heart Association Journal-Stroke, women can substantially lower their risk of stroke by just walking. This 12 year study followed 39,000 women age 45 and older and monitored their physical activity. The women who walked at a brisk pace lowered their stroke risk by almost 40% over those who did not walk. The women who walked at a moderate pace for just 2 days a week still had a 30% lower risk of stroke over those who did not walk. Previous studies have shown that physical activity decreases stroke risk. This new study focused on what kind of exercise might be the most beneficial for women.
Risk factors for stroke are: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and obesity.