UAB releases study on relationship exercise has in stroke risk

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A study released on Wednesday from researchers at UAB examines the relationship exercise has with strokes.

Participants in the study, which included a large group of biracial men and women, were examined and subsequently classified as active, moderately active or vigorously active. Most participants were followed for average of 5.7 years.

According to a release by UAB, 33 percent of participants in the study showed signs of physical inactivity, which in turn produced a 20 percent increase in the risk of a stroke.

Of those who participated in the study, people who exercised at least four times a week were less likely to experience a stroke.

The study was published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke and was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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