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Another reason to exercise: It lowers your risk of stroke

Written by Diane Archer

According to the National Institutes of Health, stroke is the third leading cause of death and a major cause of serious disability. Age is the greatest risk factor for stroke. After age 55 the risk of stroke doubles every ten years. But, exercise lowers your risk of stroke, as does other healthy behaviors.

According to the National Institute on Aging, to lower your risk of stroke, check your blood pressure and cholesterol and treat them if they are high. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and other food that is low in cholesterol and saturated fats. Don’t smoke. (Medicare covers smoking-cessation counseling as well as nutrition counseling.)

And, exercise!  You can take a brisk walk several times a week or swim or ride a bike.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also recommends several balancing exercises, which you can read about here. It all helps.  For more information from the NIH on how to get started exercising and the kinds of exercise you might try, click here.


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