Stroke Not Just for the Elderly

If you think strokes are only for the elderly, think again! Researchers have observed that first stroke among patients 20-54 has increased from 12.9% to 18.6% in a decade (P = .002). Although this is an observational study from data in Ohio and Kentucky, it suggests that the younger population is experiencing higher rates. Stroke…

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Fitness in Middle-age Improves Future Health

Middle-age cardiovascular fitness pays off handsomely over the next 26 years! Participants (19,000) with a mean age of 49 were assessed for baseline fitness and health, then followed for 26 years. The 20% in the highest fitness category experienced only half the prevalence of chronic conditions (i.e. ischemic heart disease, stroke, diabeties, COPD, lung and…

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Moderate Exercise Reduces Onset of Arthritis Symptoms

The Australian Longitudinal Study of Women followed two groups of women (ages 48-55 and 72-79) for three years who had reported no arthritis symptoms. Those exercising 1.5 hours per week experienced significantly less arthritis symptoms, and 2.5 hours per week showed an even greater preventive effect. Moderately active middle age women reduced their risk by 29%…

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Good Health Essential to Quality Sexual Activity in Older Adults

A University of Chicago study has revealed that middle-aged and older men and women who perceive themselves to be in very good health are significantly more likely to have a greater interest in sexual activity, as well as having more satisfying sexual experiences.Men seem to lose more years of sexual activity than women as a…

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