Midlife fitness prevents strokes


THE FITTER people are when they reach middle age, the less likely they are to suffer a later-in-life stroke, according to US research out last month. The findings, published in a journal of the American Heart Association, are based on a study of nearly 20,000 adults aged 45 to 50. The individuals, 79 per cent of whom were men and 90 per cent were white, were subjected to tests to measure their heart and lung exercise capacity. They were subsequently ranked as having either a high, middle or low level of fitness. The study determined that those with the highest…

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