Gardening Can Prolong Life as Much as 30% in 60-Plus Age Group

— Written By and last updated by Lisa Sanderson
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Gardening as good as exercise in cutting heart attack risk –

Article by Alexandra Topping in The Guardian, 10/28/13

See excerpts below.

A report published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine cited a study of almost 4,000 people which found that regular gardening can cut the risk of a heart attack or stroke and prolong life by as much as 30% in 60-plus age group.

The research found that even those who spent their retirement training for marathons were not at less risk than the green-fingered group. Gardening – voted pensioners’ favourite pastime in a recent study by Age UK – provided as many health benefits as regular exercise.

Over a 12-year period the team, led by Dr. Elin Ekblom-Bak at Karolinska University, asked 60-year-olds for information on diet, smoking, alcohol, and activities. The researchers also carried out lab tests and physical examinations.

The study suggests gardening can be as good as exercise for the over-60s because they increase overall energy expenditure.

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Photo of Lucy Bradley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Lucy BradleyUrban Horticulture Professor and Extension Specialist (919) 513-2001 lucy_bradley@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science
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Updated on Jul 21, 2016
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