Dancing may reduce risk of dying from heart disease

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Dancing and walking will reduce risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, according to a latest study.

“Moderate-intensity physical activity is very protective against cardiovascular disease mortality,” stated lead author Dafna Merom of the University of Western Sydney.

Merom and her colleagues combined 11 population surveys form the U.K. among 1995 and 2007, including 48,000 adults age 40 and older with no heart disease at baseline. The surveys contained questions about frequency, duration and intensity of dancing and walking over the four weeks. And these answers were linked to the National Death Registry.

About 3,100 of the 48,000 people surveyed reported dancing of any intensity. Two-thirds of the group answered they walked at any intensity.

People gave report that moderate intensity dancing and walking were less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than those who did not do, even after calculating the age, sex, socioeconomic status, smoking, alcohol use, chronic illness and psychosocial distress as reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The minimal suggested amount of moderate-intensity activity is 150 minutes a week, but this merged analysis did not contain a direct measurement of how much people were dancing, Merom added.

 

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