Moving more, sitting less cuts heart failure risk
Exercising is associated with a lower risk of heart failure, but a new study has found that even spending less time sitting decreases the risk for heart failure in men. Plus, researchers found that sitting for long periods of time increases risk for heart failure, even if a man exercises regularly.
For the study, the researchers looked at 84,170 men taking part in the California Men’s Health Study. All participants were between 45 and 69 years old and did not have heart failure when they enrolled in the study.
After an average of eight years of follow-up, 3,473 of the men were diagnosed with heart failure. Results showed that independent of sedentary time, men with the lowest levels of exercise were 52 percent more likely to develop heart failure, compared to men with the highest levels of activity. And, regardless of how much they exercised, men who were sedentary for five or more hours outside of work were 34 percent more likely to develop heart failure. Lastly, men who spent more than five hours a day sitting, outside of work, and exercised the least had double the risk of heart failure, compared to men who sat for less than two hours a day and exercised the most.
The researchers say the findings support the American Heart Association recommendation to get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week to prevent heart disease.