These days, it seems like the odds are stacked up against you when it comes to controlling your heart risk.
From high blood pressure… to high cholesterol… to your diet… and your family history.
But what if I told you there’s ANOTHER heart risk that is just as concerning…
And you WON’T hear about it from the mainstream.
So tune in…
Because I’m going to let you in on this new hazard today so YOU don’t become a statistic.
Where you live affects your heart
You’ve probably never thought of where you live as being a risk factor for your heart…
But according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, you should add that to the list.
It turns out, seniors living in the least walkable neighborhoods have a 33 percent increased cardiovascular risk.
In the study, involving 45,000 individuals living in urban areas, researchers found in addition to having a higher heart risk, participants also had:
- Significantly higher blood pressure; and
- Higher odds of a prior diabetes diagnosis.
As you know, exercise is crucial to help pump blood throughout your body – and living in a less walkable neighborhood is associated with less exercise.
Translation: The walkability of your residence directly correlates to your cardiovascular risk.
So if you want to strengthen your muscles AND keep your heart pumping… get up and move!
Even if you can’t walk around your neighborhood, you can still walk around your house, find a nearby trail, join a gym, visit a local high school track… there are lots of options.
In addition to walking, you can also:
- Swim laps around a pool
- Ride your bike outside
- Go dancing
Just remember: The key is to keep on moving for at least 30 minutes a day.
To Your Health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D.