Toronto: Three months of physical activity can improve elasticity in the arteries of older adults with Type 2 diabetes, cutting down the risk of heart disease and stroke, say researchers.Kenneth Madden, geriatric specialist at the University of British Columbia (UBC), studied adults between 65 and 83 years with controlled Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol to see how increased activity might ease their stiff arteries.
"Almost everyone can benefit from active living," she says. "The foundation recommends that, like adults of any age, older adults -- with the consent of their physicians -- need 30 to 60 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week." Abramson advises elders to choose activities they enjoy, such as walking, gardening, golfing, dancing, or joining a yoga or tai chi class. If weather is a barrier, she suggests climbing stairs at home, joining a mall-walking group, or strolling the halls of their apartment building or retirement residence. These findings were presented at the 2009 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.IANS
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