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Women Need Only Exercise at Moderate Intensity to Protect Against Stroke; Men Need More Vigorous Fitness Plan

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  • Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, weight, and blood pressure can have a direct bearing on your individual risk
  • Research shows exposure to sunlight reduces high blood pressure by altering the level of nitric oxide in your skin, thereby reducing your stroke risk
  • If you’re inactive, you have a 20 percent higher risk for having a stroke or mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack) compared to people who exercise enough to break a sweat at least four times a week
  • Recent research found that moderate exercise (such as taking a brisk walk) reduced women’s stroke risk by 20 percent
  • Apparent differences between the sexes have repeatedly emerged in studies on exercise benefits. Men appear to reap greater cardiovascular protection from more vigorous exercise

By Dr. Mercola

The health benefits of exercise cannot be overstated. And while diet accounts for about 80 percent of the health benefits you reap from a healthy lifestyle, exercise works in a synergistic manner with proper nutrition to truly optimize your health.


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