Exercise After 40 Can
Reduce Heart Disease Risk - Study Found Physically Active Adults
After Forty Years of Age Cut Coronary Disease Rate
July 18th 2006
A new study says that people over the age of 40 can still take steps to
reduce their risk of developing coronary artery disease. Of course
people that have been physically active their whole life still have a
lower risk, but those who became very physically active after the age of
40 were about 55 per cent less likely to be diagnosed with heart disease
than those who had embraced inactivity all their lives.
The researchers interviewed 312 adults between the ages of 40 and 68 who
had confirmed coronary artery disease and 479 volunteers matched for age
and sex. They were all asked questions about their physical activity
between the ages of 20 and 39 and also for the period after 40.
About half of those with heart disease and seven out of 10 of the
healthy volunteers said that they had been moderately or very physically
active in younger and older adulthood.