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February 12, 2020: If you are an older adult, playing golf regularly can do more than improve your swing: new research suggests that it could reduce the risk of premature death.

The researchers followed nearly 5,900 adults, over 65, for 10 years and found that those who were regular golf players (at least once a month) were more than 8% less likely to die from any cause than the others. golfers, CNN reported.

The study will be presented later this month at the International Stroke Conference of the American Stroke Association in Los Angeles.

Golf is an option for older adults who want to be physically active, according to researchers at the Zeenat Qureshi Stroke Institute.

"The level of activity intensity is such that it can be maintained for a longer period of time, and it is something that keeps people's interest so that people can continue on a regular basis," study author Dr. Adnan Qureshi , a professor of neurology at the University of Missouri, said CNN.

But an expert who did not participate in the study said he did not "believe we can conclude from this study that golf reduced the risk of premature death," because he did not consider other factors about non-golfers such as smoking or other little lifestyle habits. healthy, and did not say if regular golfers walked or used golf carts while on the links.

"Other studies have consistently shown that physical activity of any intensity is associated with a lower risk of death," said Ulf Ekelund, a professor of sports medicine at the Norwegian School of Sports Science. CNN.

"If older people like to play golf, they should continue, but I am sure that walking regularly is equally good for health and longevity," Ekelund added.

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