Being “fit” is no longer about how much time you spend working out, but how much time you spend sitting as well. A study by the American Cancer Society compared people who sat less than three hours per day with those that sat more than six hours per day. The results were quite dramatic.
If you’re physically active and sit more than 6 hours per day, you are:
- 18% more likely to die if you’re a man.
- 37% more likely to die if you’re a woman.
If you’re NOT physically active and sit more than 6 hours per day, you are:
- 48% more likely to die if you’re a man.
- 94% more likely to die if you’re a woman.
Over 123,000 individuals (53,440 men and 69,776 women) were studied and none had a history of cancer, heart attack, stroke, or emphysema or other lung disease at the start of the study. Here are the results after 14 years: Continue reading
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Do you get short of breath when you bend forward, such as to tie your shoelaces or put on a sock? If so, this is a symptom recently coined as “bendopnea” (pronounced bend-op-nee-ah).
A study of 102 heart failure patients showed bendopnea was present in 29 out of 102 subjects (28%). The average time it took for these symptoms to appear was eight seconds. Some patients thought their bendopnea was due to being out of shape or overweight, but were more likely to have other symptoms of advanced disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 5.1 million people in the United States have heart failure. Heart Failure Fact Sheet
Try this test: Sit down and bend forward at the waist. Are you short of breath within 30 seconds? If you have bendopnea, you have:
- Too much fluid in your body
- Elevated pressure in your heart and your pulmonary veins and capillaries
- Increased pressure when leaning forward (bending)
Risk Factors for Heart Failure
- Coronary artery disease (the most common type of heart disease)
- History of a heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Not enough physical activity
Fit Tip: If you have bendopnea, be sure to tell your physician. It can be difficult to assess when you are retaining fluid. This assessment is a simple and noninvasive tool to diagnose excessive fluid retention and compromised blood flow.
Study by the Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. Characterization of a novel symptom of advanced heart failure: bendopnea. Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2014.
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The answer to this question depends on the dose and the person. Because everyone has unique personal and family histories, the risks and benefits of drinking alcohol will be different for each person. But here’s a recent study to consider before sipping that next drink…
- New study* finds moderate alcohol consumption (defined as drinking 1-3 drinks/day) may increase risk for atrial fibrillation (A-fib or AF).
- Wine and liquor (but not beer) are correlated with developing AF.
- Alcohol in small amounts and not daily may be okay BUT… if you notice AF symptoms when drinking, STOP to potentially stop AF and prevent long-term damage.
AF or A-fib = Most common heart rhythm that increases risk of stroke and heart failure. This rhythm is irregular, chaotic and often rapid which commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. AF may come and go, or it may not go away which may require emergency treatment.
- Lack of energy
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- Chest pain
*12-year study; 79,019 men/women between ages 45 and 83; free of AF. Published in American College of Cardiology, July 2014.
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Do you suffer from infobesity? Does too much information leave you confused or too exasperated to grasp the how-to’s of optimum health and weight loss? Well, suffer no more. Starting today, posts tagged as Fit Minute are ‘microposts‘ — 60-second doses of healthy living bullet points. Stay informed without overloading your brain. Now you (and I) will have more time to work out. 😀