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Fit over 40s lower risk stroke

Good physical all round health after the age of 40 years can half the risk of stroke, research shows.

A study of 13,615 men and women in the UK aged between 40 and 79 years found that people with top physical fitness had a 50% lower risk of stroke than those with poor fitness levels.

As fitness levels increased men's risk of stroke reduced.

Study author Phyo Kyaw Myint at the University of Cambridge said: “People who reported better physical health had significantly lower risk of stroke.

“This is independent of the known risk factors for stroke in the general population.”

Myint suggests that poor physical function may reflect underlying health issues such as chronic inflammation which may lead to vascular disease.

He adds that increasing physical activity and eating more fruits and vegetables will help to reduce the risk of stroke.

American Academy of Neurology