Seniors with Age-Related High Blood Pressure: Walk Your Way to a Longer Life!

August 21, 2014

A brisk walk on most days can help extend longevity for elderly patients with common age-related high blood pressure, according to a 2014 study by U.S. Veterans Affairs researchers.


Analyzing a database base of more than two thousand hypertensive veterans over the age of 70, the researchers found that even a low level of fitness, the result of brisk daily walking for 20 to 40 minutes, was enough to reduce the typically harmful effects that accompany high blood pressure among the elderly.


During an average of about nine years of follow-up, the researchers analyzed the incidence of deaths related to different levels of fitness. Compared to those at the bottom level (very low-fit), those who were considered low fit had a reduced mortality risk of 18 percent; moderately fit, 36 percent; and those testing as high fit, 48 percent.  


Find study details here.


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