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Light physical activity may lower CVD risk in women

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While or running are beneficial for heart health, light physical activity, such as gardening and folding clothes, may also lower the risk of (CVD) in older women, say researchers.

The study showed that such activities might be enough to significantly reduce or by up to 22 per cent and the risk of or coronary death by as much as 42 per cent.

The association was strong across all racial and ethnic groups, noted the study published in the journal JAMA Network Open.

"The higher the amount of activity, the lower the risk," said Andrea LaCroix, at the University of California,

"And the risk reduction showed regardless of the women's overall status, functional ability or even age. In other words, the association with light physical activity was apparent regardless of these other factors," LaCroix added.

For the study, researchers studied nearly 6,000 women aged 63 to 97. They were made to wear a device which measured their movement 24 hours a day for seven consecutive days. The device was also calibrated by age to distinguish between light, and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

Most people do not think of folding clothes or walking to the mailbox as physical activity of any kind, the researchers said.

"This study suggests that for older women, any and all movement counts towards better cardiovascular health," said David Goff, at National Heart, Lung, and (NHLBI) in the US.



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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 16:18 IST