Walking could reduce stroke risk in older men

14 November 2013        

Man walking up the stairs

Walking at least one to two hours per day is associated with reduced risk of stroke in older men, according to a large study part-funded by us.

The research, carried out by Dr Barbara Jefferis and a team at University College London (UCL), suggests that length of time spent walking had a bigger impact on stroke risk than the speed of walking.

There are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK each year. The study followed 3,435 healthy men, aged 60 to 80, over 10 years recording incidence of stroke.

The men were divided into groups based on how much, on average, each man walked per week. Men who walked eight to fourteen hours per week had approximately a third lower risk of stroke than men who walked less than three hours per week.

What do we think?

Our Senior Research Advisor, Dr Shannon Amoils, said:

“Whatever your age it’s important to stay active every day. This research suggests a daily walk could help to reduce stroke risk and is further evidence that regular exercise – even a daily stroll in the park – can be an effective way to keep healthy.”

The research was funded by us and the NIHR. The study was published in the journal Stroke.