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Treadmill test can determine mortality

Senior Man - Monitored ExerciseAnalyzing data from 58,000 heart stress tests, cardiologists from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore report they have developed a formula that estimates one’s risk of dying over a decade based on a person’s ability to exercise on a treadmill at an increasing speed and incline.

Several exercise-based risk scoring systems already in use are designed to measure short-term risk of dying but do so strictly among patients with established heart disease or overt signs of cardiovascular trouble.

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Every Second Counts

Walk in the parkLow-intensity exercise like walking for a minute at a time can cut blood pressure and even housework and gardening chores can add years to your life.

Inactive people who take up low-intensity activities for a minute at a time can cut blood pressure and cholesterol while boosting their well-being.

The breakthrough comes after tests showed it is better to keep moving throughout the day rather than undertake an intense burst of exercise followed by rest.

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Taking a personalised approach to exercise

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Yoga may guard against heart disease

Yoga for eldersDoing yoga may be a good way to protect against heart disease, particularly if you cannot do more vigorous exercise, research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology suggests.

A review 37 studies involving nearly 3,000 people found yoga was independently linked to a lowering of heart risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Yoga does not count towards the recommended physical activity that we should all do each week, but experts say it may still be beneficial.

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Slowing the ageing process

mediterranean-diet-680x280Adopting a Mediterranean diet could slow down the ageing process according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Researchers have found that the Mediterranean diet is associated with longer telomere length, which is considered to be a marker of slower ageing.

Telomeres are DNA sequences situated at the end of chromosomes that help to protect the physical integrity of the chromosome.

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