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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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Cycling. Pixabay

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.

-by NewsGram team with ANI inputs

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Study: Air Pollution Linked to Metabolic Syndrome, Hypertension and Cardiovascular Diseases

Hypertension and metabolic syndrome are important causes of cardiovascular diseases, the researchers said

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Hypertension and metabolic syndrome are important causes of stroke, the researchers said. Pixabay

People who are exposed to high pollution levels are at significantly higher risk of suffering from hypertension, metabolic syndrome and heart diseases, says a new study.

In the study, published in Journal of Public Health, the researchers investigated the associations between a long-term exposure to ambient air pollution and residential distance to green spaces and major roads with the development of hypertension and metabolic syndrome components such as a high triglyceride level, reduced high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, higher blood glucose, and obesity.

Hypertension and metabolic syndrome are important causes of cardiovascular diseases, the researchers said. The study’s findings showed that air pollution levels above the median are associated with a higher risk of reduced high density lipoprotein.

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The study’s findings showed that air pollution levels above the median are associated with a higher risk of reduced high density lipoprotein. VOA

Traffic-related exposure was associated with the incidence of hypertension, higher triglyceride level and reduced high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. However, the negative impact of traffic air pollutants was observed only in the participants who lived in multifamily buildings.

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The researchers also found positive effects of the natural environment, and have emphasized the positive impact of such spaces on cardiovascular health.

“Our research results enable us to say that we should regulate as much as possible the living space for one person in multifamily houses, improve the noise insulation of apartments, and promote the development of green spaces in multifamily houses” said study’s lead author Agn Brazien. (IANS)