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Heart Health: Take the Stairs, Eat Nuts!

Eating right and exercising is critical. In fact, research just showed that running is a GREAT way to improve heart health, but if running isn’t your thing. Try taking the stairs!

A new study claims that simply walking up and down the stairs can reduce waist size, body fat, blood pressure and cholesterol. Ben Hirschler of Reuters reports:

Philippe Meyer of the University Hospital in Geneva studied 69 employees of the university with a sedentary lifestyle, defined as less than two hours of exercise a week and fewer than 10 flights of stairs climbed a day.

After not using elevators for 12 weeks, they increased their use of stairs to an average of 23 stories ascended or descended a day from five before, with a resulting sharp increase in fitness levels.

"This suggests that stair climbing at work may have major public health implications," Meyer told the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology. "However, the results of the pilot study need to be confirmed in a larger randomized controlled trial."

Pretty cool! Certainly we ALL can try to take the stairs more often. Remember, aerobic exercise combats metabolic syndrome, a known contributor to cardiovascular disease.

Here’s more good news. That’sFit passes along some info on how nuts—in this case, pistachios—lower heart disease-risk. Now, Dr. Fuhrman advocates eating plenty of nuts and seeds; they contain plant proteins and plant sterols that naturally lower cholesterol.

Speaking of heart health, check out this interview with Dr. Fuhrman’s friend Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Via 90.3 WCPN: How To Eradicate Heart Disease.

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Steve - September 3, 2008 8:56 AM

I notice that Dr Esselstyn's advice differs quite a bit from Dr Fuhrman's (he advises strict vegetarian, and avoidance of fats, even nuts, seeds and avocados)...

Steve - September 3, 2008 9:30 AM

After listening to the interview with Dr Esselstyn, he did recommend "Disease Proof Your Child", and he did mention flax seed. I am a bit confused about his message now because that seems to be at odds with his book?


Sara - September 3, 2008 10:45 PM

As I understand it Dr. Fuhrman says to eat nuts {an unce or two a day] but not plenty of nuts. Unless of course you are an athlete.

Monty - September 8, 2008 2:10 PM

In my workplace, I use the stairs and see all the obese youngsters waiting for the elevator to go up or down one flight. This is probably related to why I see very few young people in the square dance clubs.

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