Just 30 minutes of activity on 5 days could save lives

Forget zumba, daily chores will cut your heart disease risk: New study

Forget zumba, daily chores will cut your heart disease risk: New study

It is estimated that around 23% of the world's population falls short of the 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity weekly, plus muscle-strengthening exercise at least twice a week, which is recommended by the WHO.

The study, the largest of its kind, looked at more than 130 000 people in 17 countries.

"The affordability of other cardiovascular disease interventions, such as generic drugs and consuming fruits and vegetables, are often beyond the reach of many people in low-income and middle-income countries".

The benefits of moderate exercise were significant - or almost 20% in reducing CVD risk - over not exercising, says Shifali Goenka, a specialist in non-communicable diseases at the Public Health Foundation of India, and who independently reviewed the study. But those studies have tended to focus on leisure time activity. But almost two in five did 150 minutes each day.

Overall, nearly a fifth of people in the study (18%, 23631 people) did not meet the physical activity guidelines, but nearly half (44%, 57868 people) were highly active.

In the US, the figure is much higher, with that most adults (around 79 percent in 2014) are not meeting the recommended levels of physical activity.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and about 70 percent of those deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, the researchers noted. At the start of the study, each participant provided information on their socioeconomic status, lifestyle behaviours, medical history, family history of cardiovascular disease, weight, height, waist and hip measurements, and blood pressure. In August, contrary to popular belief, the study concluded that not only is consumption of many fats good and carbohydrates bad, but that a balanced diet with just three to four servings, not the now recommended six to eight servings of fruit, vegetables and legumes can lower risk of death due to cardiovascular diseases.

The 17 countries taking part in the study were: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Zimbabwe.

The study showed that by exercising for at least half-an-hour-a day the risk of death from any cause is reduced by 28%, while the risk of heart disease is reduced by 20%, regardless of the type of physical activity. They also completed a questionnaire on the types of physical activity they completed over a typical week, which the researchers used to calculate their average activity levels.

"Our study found that high physical activity was only possible in people who completed physical activity as a form of transport, part of their job or through housework - with 37.9% people who acted in this way attaining this level of activity, compared to 2.9% who were only physically active in their leisure time".

However, the team notes that fewer than 3 percent of participants achieved this level of exertion during leisure time, compared with 38 percent who achieved it while commuting, having physically active jobs, doing housework, or through another non-leisure activity.

Promotion of active living will have powerful and long-lasting effects on population health, Goenka said.

Recommended News

  • Earthquake Detected Near North Korea's Nuclear Test Site

    Earthquake Detected Near North Korea's Nuclear Test Site

    Japanese officials say North Korea could send a nuclear-armed missile over Japan if it tests a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific. The flight follows a week of heightened rhetoric from Washington and Pyongyang, with Trump and Kim Jong Un trading insults.
    China Moves To Limit Fuel, Textile Trade With North Korea

    China Moves To Limit Fuel, Textile Trade With North Korea

    Japanese officials say North Korea could send a nuclear-armed missile over Japan if it tests a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific. North Korea is determined to keep the worldwide community on its toes and its nuclear capabilities on the global agenda.
    Jose Mourinho impressed with Anthony Martial's attitude

    Jose Mourinho impressed with Anthony Martial's attitude

    English Premier League champion Chelsea , 5-1 victor over Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, will welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge. Virgil van Dijk could make his first start of the season after coming on as a substitute against Crystal Palace last week.
  • Ashes blow for Roland-Jones

    Ashes blow for Roland-Jones

    His county subsequently issued a brief statement con- firming an injury which has a typical recovery time of between six and 12 weeks.
    The Ridiculous Reason Why Jose Mourinho Was Sent Off vs Southampton

    The Ridiculous Reason Why Jose Mourinho Was Sent Off vs Southampton

    Shaw made his return to first team action after an injury lay-off of nearly four months in Manchester United's 4-1 victory over Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.
    Noida woman alleges gang-rape, withdraws complaint after 18 hours

    Noida woman alleges gang-rape, withdraws complaint after 18 hours

    The woman said she was taken to Greater Noida via Noida-Greater Noida expressway where the accused took turns in raping her. According to the 24-year old victim, she was kidnapped when she was at the Golf Course metro station in Noida .
  • 2 officers shot trying to apprehend suspect

    2 officers shot trying to apprehend suspect

    Officer Eric Pessino suffered a graze wound to his arm, but has already been treated and released from the hospital. Police believe the suspect remains inside the house and the SWAT team and hostage negotiators have been called in.
    Google honours Indian chemist Asima Chatterjee on 100th birthday

    Google honours Indian chemist Asima Chatterjee on 100th birthday

    Additionally, she had research experience from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Caltech. Google celebrated Asima Chatterjee's 100th birthday with a special doodle tribute to her.
    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hits out at spiralling transfer prices

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hits out at spiralling transfer prices

    But everybody knows for that player £50m is too much and they can not afford it. You can not be in between and that is where we are at the moment.
  • US B1-B bombers fly mission off North Korean coast

    US B1-B bombers fly mission off North Korean coast

    The flight follows a week of heightened rhetoric from Washington and Pyongyang, with Trump and Kim Jong Un trading insults. An 3.4-magnitude quake rocked North Korea - sparking fears the nation had tested another nuke. "In this case we saw none".
    'Madman' Kim Jong-Un doesn't mind starving or killing his people

    'Madman' Kim Jong-Un doesn't mind starving or killing his people

    North Korea says it needs to have a nuclear deterrent because the United States intends to invade it. Last week, China announced that its central banks would stop doing business with the country.
    CBI, forensic team at Ryan, to gather proof of student's murder

    CBI, forensic team at Ryan, to gather proof of student's murder

    Meanwhile, on September 14, the Bombay High Court had rejected the anticipatory bail pleas of the three Mumbai-based trustees. Pradyuman was found dead with his throat slit inside the school's washroom, within an hour after his father dropped him.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.