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Study finds golf lowers death risk


(CNN) -- Hit the links for a longer life?

According to a new study, golfing may help older adults live longer.

The preliminary research found that playing golf at least once a month can lower the risk of premature death in older adults 65 and older.

“Our study is perhaps the first of its kind to evaluate the long-term health benefits of golf, particularly one of the most popular sports among older people in many countries,” said Adnan Qureshi, M.D., lead author and executive director of the Zeenat Qureshi Stroke Institutes and professor of neurology at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans does not yet include golf in the list of recommended physical activities. Therefore, we are hopeful our research findings could help to expand the options for adults to include golf.”

The comprehensive findings will be presented later this month at the American Stroke Association's international conference in Los Angeles.

If the findings are accurate, it's good news for millions of people.

The National Golf Foundation says nearly 25 million people in the U.S. play golf.

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