Why giving up exercise in old age could kill you – IOL

London – Giving up exercise as you get older significantly increases the risk of suffering a stroke or heart attack, a study has found.

Scientists analysed the health of more than 1.1 million over-60s and found that those who cut down on physical activity as they age increase their risk of heart disease by 27 percent.

But those who took up exercise as they got older reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 11 percent.

Experts said the findings show the importance of keeping active in old age to protect the heart, even with moderate activity such as gardening or walking.

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