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Editor's Correspondence
April 12, 1999

Postmenopausal Women and Walking

Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(7):756-757. doi:

The recent study by Pereira and coworkers1 in the ARCHIVES titled "A Randomized Walking Trial in Postmenopausal Women" is superb and should convince us, more than ever, that we must recommended long-term exercise to our older female patients. Because of the high quality of the study, I was distressed to read in the abstract the following: "There were also fewer hospitalizations, surgeries, and falls among women in the walking group, although these differences were not statistically significant." Later the text states that ". . . although not statistically significant, the walkers had higher sport index kilocalories scores than the controls. . . . "1(p1697)

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