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Sedentary Lifestyle Ups Risks of Coronary Artery Calcification

RunningScientists figured out the 21st century’s increasing sedentary time and non-activity linked with coronary artery calcification and other cardiovascular risks. The study was presented at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Scientific Sessions 2015.

Exercise Can Save You

The research’s lead author, author Jacquelyn Kulinski, MD, from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, wants their findings to emphasize to the audience how important exercise is in reducing the risk for cardiovascular illnesses.

Driven by the increasing statistics of individuals working at their desks or at home and living sedentary lives, the study wishes to highlight in bold colors how improving one’s fitness level can affect one’s body in major ways.

Reducing how much you sit every day may already bump you up a more novel, companion strategy to help reduce cardio risks, say the authors of the study. In fact, exercising more has also been proven by scientists and researchers to protect DNA from aging, as well.

The Dangers of Not Moving

A separate study probed deeper and well into the heart of the problem. They took in 2,031 patients who were free of known cardiovascular diseases. They had accelerometer-measured physical activityand computed tomography-assessed CAC scoring.

The patients had to spend a mean of 5.1 hours in sedentary time, defined as an intensity threshold of <100 counts-per-minute (CPM), while moderate-to-vigorous physical activity was defined as >1,500 CPM, according to established intensity thresholds.

After assessing the patient’s sedentary time and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, the researchers found sedentary time was associated with CAC >10. In other words, with each hour of sedentary time, the more the patients spiral down to being prone to diseases.

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Move to Salvation

The lead researcher wants their study to help everyone realize the importance of moving as much as possible throughout the day. He also suggests taking walks during lunch, pacing while talking on the phone, and occasionally taking the stairs instead of the elevator to decrease sedentary time.

By simply reducing the amount of time you sit by even an hour or two a day, you could be doing your heart and your body a favor by also reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases.So do it. Maybe you’re only one stretch away from saving your heart from its untimely decay.

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