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Twenty minutes of cycling a day keeps the heart doctor away

Cardiovascular diseases are responsible for more than 30 per cent of the deaths annually

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October 12, 2016: Just 20 minutes of cycling on a daily basis can reduce the risk of dying from a heart-related disease.
According to ANI “a study conducted by the Purdue University concluded that regular cycling can cut your risk of heart disease by a whopping 50 per cent.”

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Cardiovascular diseases are responsible for more than 30 per cent of the deaths annually.
In India, cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death.

However, 50 per cent of heart disease-related deaths can be easily prevented by only adopting healthy habits and by a hygienic lifestyle.

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Physical inactivity is one of the significant risk factors for heart disease.
In fact, the physical inactivity is the cause of numerous lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cardiac ailments and even cancer.

According to World Health Organization, one of the ten leading risk factors for death worldwide is insufficient physical activity.

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As much as smoking is a serious health hazard, physical inactivity is equally life risky.
The WHO recommends, adults between the ages of 18 to 64 years should be involved in at least 150 minutes physical activity of moderate-intensity throughout the week.
Even a cycle ride of just 20 minutes daily is sufficient to achieve the target and be healthy.

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Omega-3 levels may better predict mortality risk than cholesterol

"We all know that the serum cholesterol level is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD), and since the latter is a major cause of death, it would be reasonable to expect that a high cholesterol level would portend higher risk for premature death", said a researcher

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Omega-3 acids can indicate risk of cardiovascular diseases. Pixabay
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  • Presence of Omega-3 can help in detecting cardiovascular diseases
  • More cholesterol means more risk of disease
  • It is important for one to keep their cholesterol in check

Measuring the levels of Omega-3 fatty acids present in the blood may indicate the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and mortality more profoundly than serum cholesterol, researchers have claimed. The serum cholesterol level is the total amount of cholesterol present in the blood.

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A higher “Omega-3 Index” a combination of the EPA and DHA (two important types of Omega-3) content of red blood cell membranes is associated with a 33 per cent reduced risk of death due to total cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, total coronary heart disease events, and total strokes, the study showed.

“We all know that the serum cholesterol level is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD), and since the latter is a major cause of death, it would be reasonable to expect that a high cholesterol level would portend higher risk for premature death,” said lead author William Harris, researcher at Britain’s University of Nottingham.

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For the study, published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, the team compared the total serum cholesterol and Omega-3 fatty acids, two “risk factors” for heart disease, in 2,500 individuals aged 60 years, who were free of known cardiovascular disease (CVD) at baseline.

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Researchers primarily focussed on total mortality (death from any cause) as an end-point, but also tracked death from CVD, cancer and other causes. In addition, they reported the associations between Omega-3 Index levels and a risk for any CVD event fatal or not whether a heart attack or stroke.The results showed that the category most strongly associated with the Omega-3 Index was non-cardiovascular disease, non-cancer deaths from all other causes.

“When baseline serum cholesterol levels were substituted for the Omega-3 Index in the same multi-variable models, the former was not significantly associated with any of the tracked outcomes whereas the latter was related to four of the five outcomes assessed,” Harris said. IANS

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