Walking up stairs will help to determine the risk of death in the next five years

A new Spanish study presented at the conference of the European society of cardiology (European Society of Cardiology) in Milan, says that as man ascends the stairs, can tell you about his risk of death.

The researchers found that those who successfully passed the test for physical activity, the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer or other causes was lower. Level of fitness required for longevity was approximately the relevant required for a fast lift to four floors of stairs without stopping.

Researchers recruited more than 12,000 volunteers who have been diagnosed or suspected ischemic heart disease (IHD). The participants carried out the echocardiography (UZM heart) with physical activity: patients walked or ran on a treadmill to study the reactions of the heart.

Physical fitness level was calculated as MET (metabolic equivalents). One MET is the energy required to sit quietly in front of the computer. The result of 10 metres on the treadmill was considered a very good indicator, and showed such a result, people were considered to have good functional ability.

As it later turned out, showed the best results, have a smaller chance of early death. Over the next five years they are less likely to die of cancer, heart disease or other causes. Each additional MET achieved during the test, the risk of death from these causes was reduced by 9%, 9% and 4%, respectively.

MET can be calculated without special equipment for this fit a conventional staircase. There are much cheaper ways of assessing whether you can reach the level of 10 metres on the treadmill. If you can climb three or four floors without stopping, you have a good functionality. If not, then it suggests that you need to do more exercise. Try to climb to the four floor for a minute, ‘ said study author jesús Petaro (Jess Peteiro), a cardiologist from the hospital of the Spanish University of a coruña (University Hospital A Corua).

Of course, it is not surprising that physically healthy people are more likely to live longer. Our results are further evidence of the benefits of exercise and their benefits for health and achieving longevity. In addition to weight loss, physical activity has a positive effect on blood pressure and lipid levels, reduces inflammation and improves immune response of the organism to tumors, says Dr. Pitaro.

What is the best exercise? According to the recently updated U.S. guidelines, it is at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of intense exercise per week. Along with this recommended weight training.

Dmitry Kolesnik