Moderate exercise best for reducing stroke in women

Moderate exercise may also help to offset some of the increased stroke risk in women taking postmenopausal hormone therapy.

Researchers from the US analysed data from 133,479 women from a state database to see how many suffered a stroke between 1996 and 2010. 

Women who reported doing moderate physical activity in the three years before enrolling in the study were 20% less likely to suffer a stroke than women who reported no activity. 

The benefits of reducing stroke risk were further observed among the group of women who had a sustained a moderate level of physical activity over time.

The decreased risk among physically active women was similar among current hormone therapy users, and appeared to counteract the increased risk observed with current hormone therapy use. 

However, they reported that more strenuous activity, such as running, didn’t further reduce women’s stroke risk and said that moderate