History of Heart Disease Helped With Exercise
Many of us know what lies in our family history. Some of us are more likely to get cancer. Some of us are more likely to develop diabetes. And some of us are more prone to heart disease than the average person.
What if I told you there was a way to combat your family history and lower your risk of heart disease?
A new study from Stanford University School of Medicine and the Uppsala University in Sweden have discovered that regular exercise can lower your risk of heart problems whether or not you have genetic risks.
The teams took data from over 482,000 men between the ages of 40 to 69 in the U.K, making it one of the largest studies on cardiovascular health to date. Participants were given cycling tests and accelerometers for a seven day period along with questions about their previous physical activity.
After the seven day period was over, the results shows that men with higher levels of grip strength, physical activity and cardiorespiratory fitness were also less at risk for strokes, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular problems.
While the study does not show how much exercise would be beneficial to the participants, physical activity is still an important part of a healthy lifestyle.