Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Fast walking can prolong life


Researchers who followed the health of nearly 500 older people for almost a decade found that those who walked more quickly were less likely to die over the course of the study.The findings, the researchers said, suggest that gait speed may be a good predictor of long-term survival, even in people who otherwise appear basically healthy. The study was presented at a conference of the Gerontological Society of America.In a related study, appearing in the November issue of The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the researchers also found that people whose walking speed improved reduced their risk of death.
"We don't know why," said one of the authors, Stephanie A. Studenski of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "Did some of these people exercise? Did some of these people have health conditions that were treated and improved?"The study presented at the conference reported that nine years after their gait speed was measured, 77 percent of those people described as slow had died, 50 percent of those considered medium and 27 percent of those considered fast.

6 Comments:

At November 28, 2007 at 11:44 PM, Blogger Nikon said...

Hi, thanks for your vist!
I run 'in place" at home for exercise :)

 
At November 29, 2007 at 12:20 AM, Blogger Pijush said...

Hi Raghu, Welcome back :-)
Nice interesting research, Now I can vary my lifespan by walking faster or slower :-)

 
At November 29, 2007 at 12:29 AM, Blogger ghee said...

Hello Raghu,
Thanks for the comments you left :)I wonder how did you find my blog.

Yes,Ive seen lots of fast walkers here in Japan,some in the morning but mostly at night.I wish I could do that,too.

cheers,
ghee

 
At November 29, 2007 at 8:07 AM, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Hi Raghu thanks for dropping by my place and taking the time to comment.

Having not been able to walk well for some time and recently had a knee replacement I look forward to being able to walk at all now! :)

 
At November 30, 2007 at 1:37 AM, Blogger backpakker said...

hi , good to see you bk ..im so lazy..i better start walking

 
At December 1, 2007 at 5:06 AM, Blogger GMG said...

Welcome back, and thanks for your visit to Blogtrotter!
Walking is something I tried to do some time ago (whether it's fast is another issue), but I'm becoming more and more lazy, must confess...
Have a great weekend!

 

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