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Another reason to stay active -- youthful blood vessels

January 04, 2001

ROCHESTER, MINN. -- Staying active or beginning a regular exercise program can maintain and even restore blood vessel function, according to the January issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. A proper diet and maintaining a healthy weight have been known to keep blood vessels healthy as you age. Now, exercise is added to the list.

A recent study in the journal Circulation found that middle-aged and older sedentary men improved blood vessel function by 30 percent after three months of regular physical activity, primarily walking.

Regular activity such as walking at a moderate pace for 20 to 30 minutes four to six days a week can make a difference in how you feel and in your overall health.
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Mayo Clinic

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