Experts say playing golf is one of the important factors, helping to combat the risk of premature death in the elderly. Golf has now become one of the popular sports of the elderly in many countries.
That helps people maintain their interest and continue to practice more often. That is said Dr. Adnan Qureshi. He is the research leader, Professor of Neurology at the University of Missouri in the USA.
There is a study of risk factors for heart disease and stroke in people 65 years of age and older. That determines if regular golf play reduces the risk of heart attack.
Study participants underwent annual medical checkups and examinations every 6 months. At the end of the examination, people will be contacted regularly to determine if they have a heart attack or stroke.
They compare the mortality rate between golfers and non-golfers. The researchers found golfers had an 8 percent lower mortality rate than those who did not participate in the sport.
Although that is not yet proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. But golf is a factor against the risk of premature death and a suitable option for the elderly due to the low intensity of activity and the relaxed nature of golf.
Besides golf, other studies have consistently shown that physical activity at any intensity is linked to a lower risk of death. If elderly people like to play golf, they should continue or practice other sports such as walking regularly.
Additional studies are needed to determine if golf can really prevent heart attacks and strokes. However, golf is a recommendation that doctors make for elderly patients when offering sports, fitness activities. In addition, other healthy habits that people can apply to reduce the risk of premature death.