A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association attempted to answer that question, especially when it comes to older women.
The researchers also looked at housework to see if it was also good for the heart.
Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in adults, and has been since 1921. Any new findings therefore have broad implications for saving lives. Study results: Housework and gardening improve heart health in older women
Researchers followed postmenopausal women over the age of 62 for just over six years and found that women who performed “movements of daily living”, such as gardening and housework, for at least four hours per day were 43% less likely to suffer from heart disease than women who spent less than two hours a day. The study shows that all movements count in the prevention of diseases. Spending more time moving around in daily life, which includes a wide range of activities that we all do while on our feet and out of our chairs, has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The study sheds light on the fact that focusing solely on structured strength training and cardio sessions isn’t the only way older women can take steps to protect their heart health.
Much of the movement done by older people is associated with the tasks of daily living, but it may not be considered physical activity. Understanding the benefits of everyday movement and adding it to physical activity guidelines can encourage more movement.
Risk factors for heart disease in older women
Heart disease is an umbrella term that encompasses common diseases in women, such as the following
– coronary artery disease
– heart valve disease
– microvascular diseases
– Cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure
– Broken heart syndrome
Heart disease in women is the leading cause of death among adult women. In fact, one in five women will die from it. When it comes to heart attacks specifically, older women fare much worse than men. It is therefore more important than ever to identify risk factors and new prevention strategies. Older women are less likely to survive their first heart attack and more likely to develop heart failure following their first heart attack than men.
The main risk factors for heart disease in older women are:
– High blood pressure
– High cholesterol/triglycerides
– Insufficient blood sugar
– a sedentary lifestyle
– Diet low and high in processed foods
Interestingly, some of the risk factors, including high blood sugar, are even more dangerous for women than for men.
Other Ways to Support Heart Health
– Manage your stress.
– Plan for downtime and avoid overcommitment.
– Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, beans and other whole foods.
– Try gentle yoga, which includes breathing and relaxation exercises.
– Avoid harsh cleaning products. New research suggests plastic and fragrance chemicals called phthalates may increase the risk of heart disease.
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death among women. Older women are less likely than men to survive their first heart attack. Exercise helps protect against heart disease, but just being active throughout the day doing housework and gardening can reduce heart disease risk by up to 43%, study finds recent. To improve your heart and the entire ecosystem, learn to garden with plants native to your area. Opt for more natural cleaning practices and avoid synthetic scented products.
Machine Learning Classification of Accelerometer-Derived Daily Life Movements and Incidence of Cardiovascular Disease in Older Women: The OPACH Study
* Presse Santé strives to transmit medical knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace medical advice. [HighProtein-Foods.com]