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Millennial Women, Exercise and Heart Health


Reducing the risk of heart disease in young women.

Video Transcript:
Is being a couch potato really that bad for your health?

The answer is a definite yes, according to a new study that concludes inactivity is second only to smoking when it comes to death risk factors.

In 1967, researchers recruited nearly 800 middle-age men and had them take an exercise test to measure maximal oxygen uptake and aerobic capacity.

About 650 of them repeated the test… this time pushing themselves to the limit.

Participants were then followed until 2012 at the age of 100. They had undergone physical examinations about once every ten years.

The results showed that low aerobic capacity was associated with a significantly increased risk of death…even after adjusting for other risk factors.

The lead author warns, "Low physical capacity is a greater risk for death than high blood pressure or high cholesterol." He says while we’ve come a long way in reducing smoking, the next major challenge will be to increase physical activity and reduce inactivity like prolonged sitting.

I’m Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV… with news from today that can lead to healthy tomorrows.

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