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WEDNESDAY, February 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) – If you're a senior, playing regular golf can do more than improve your swing: New research shows it can reduce risk premature death.
The researchers followed nearly 5,900 adults, aged 65 and over, for 10 years and found that regular golfers (at least once a month) were at risk of dying from any cause. which is 8% less than non-golfers, CNN report.
The research will be presented later this month at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles.
Golf is an option for older people who want to be physically active, according to researchers from the Zeenat Qureshi Stroke Institute.
"The level of intensity of activity is that it can be maintained for a longer period of time and that's something that maintains the interest of individuals so that people can continue to operate on a regular basis," Research author, Dr. Adnan Qureshi, a professor of neurology at the University of Missouri, said CNN.
But an expert not participating in the study said he did not "think we can conclude from this study that golf reduces the risk of premature death", because it does not consider other factors of Non-golfers like smoking or other unhealthy lifestyle habits, and it does not say whether golfers often walk or use golf cars while out on links.
"Other studies have consistently shown that …