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Effect of a 10mins walk on prolonging the life of Octogenarians
One hour of walking per week is associated with greater longevity in people aged 85 years and above, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2022.
This study examined the association between walking and the risks of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality among adults aged 85 years and older. The study included 7,047 adults aged 85 or older who underwent the Korean National Health Screening Program from 2009 to 2014. Participants completed a questionnaire on leisure-time physical activity which asked the length of time spent each week on walking at a slow pace, moderate-intensity activity such as cycling and brisk walking, and vigorous-intensity activity such as running.
In the entire study population of 7,047 adults, 1,037 (14.7%) participants did moderate intensity physical activity and 773 (10.9%) did vigorous intensity physical activity. Only 538 participants (7.6%) met the guideline recommendations for moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity.
The researchers analyzed the associations between walking, all-cause mortality, and cardiovascular mortality after adjusting for energy expended on moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity. Compared to inactive individuals, those who walked at least one hour per week (i.e. the three highest walking categories) had 40% and 39% lower relative risks of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, respectively.
Moo-Nyun Jin et al, ESC Congress 2022
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