Studies Have Found That Less Intensive Daily Activities Such As Housework Can Reduce The Risk Of Stroke

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According to a study by San Diego State University (SDSU), less intensive daily activities such as vacuuming, mopping and walking pets may be enough to avoid stroke A stroke can be very serious. According to the CDC, in 2020, one in six people who died of cardiovascular disease was due to stroke. In addition, in the United States, there are strokes every 40 seconds and deaths every 3.5 minutes. Overall, about 795000 people in the United States suffer from stroke.

The dangerous consequences of long-term human inactivity are well known. Being sedentary increases the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic diseases, including depression. To counteract the serious side effects of a sedentary lifestyle, doctors recommend that adults complete at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise per week. Doctors have found that doing household chores can greatly reduce the risk of stroke.

However, a [new study] from San Diego State University published in JAMA network open, a subsidiary of the Journal of the American Medical Association( ) It was found that doing less intensive daily activities, such as housework, can greatly reduce the risk of stroke.

"Light intensity sports activities can include vacuuming, sweeping, washing the car, leisure walking, stretching or playing catch," said Steven hooker, Dean of the school of health and human services at San Diego State University and lead researcher of the cohort study.

"We have observed that both physical activity and sedentary activity independently affect stroke risk," hooker said. "Our research suggests that stroke prevention strategies should focus on both."

Hooker and his colleagues measured the participants' sedentary time and the duration and intensity of physical activity in 7600 adults aged 45 and over, and then compared these data with the participants' seven-year stroke incidence rate.

They found that those who sat for 13 hours or more a day had a 44 percent increased risk of stroke.

"The results are more convincing because activity and sedentary behavior are measured with accelerometers, which provide more accurate data than previous studies that rely on self-report," hooker said Hooker is a former coordinator of the California active aging project and has rich experience in studying the healthy lifestyle of the elderly.

The study participants wore a hip mounted accelerator, a sensitive motion detector that accurately recorded physical activity, sitting and inactivity.

Although smartphones and smart watches bravely try to motivate Americans to exercise more, a shocking percentage of adults do not exercise enough. The CDC reports that only 23 percent of American adults meet the recommendations for weekly aerobic and muscle strengthening.

However, if it seems out of reach to walk 10000 steps a day or fill an exercise ring on your watch, Hooker said that getting up and doing light to moderate physical activity for even ten minutes a day is an effective strategy to reduce the possibility of stroke.

"For overall heart and brain health, move more and sit less within your ability," hooker said

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