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Walking 'cuts stroke risk'

Strolls can cut stroke in women,” according to the Daily Mirror, which said that brisk walking for longer than two hours a week cuts the risk of a stroke by more than a third for women. According to the newspaper, walking is better at combating strokes than more vigorous forms of exercise.

The study behind this report followed nearly 40,000 women for 12 years, looking at the association between their exercise habits and their risk of having a stroke. The findings of the study are difficult to interpret as they were only of borderline significance and the research has some shortcomings. The researchers say that their results are surprising as vigorous exercise did not seem to be linked to reduced stroke risk. Please see NHS Choices website for more details.