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Home improvement and gardening can prolong life in over 60s, study finds

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 28 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6506
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

People aged over 60 years can cut their risk of heart attack and stroke and reduce their risk of death by as much as 30% by being generally active and indulging in regular home improvement activity or gardening, research published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has shown.1

The researchers invited 4232 people aged 60 years living in Stockholm, Sweden, for a health check that assessed their cardiovascular risk and obtained information on lifestyle, such as diet, smoking, and alcohol intake, and level of physical activity. …

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