It is worth mentioning that people who did not climb stairs regularly during the study period (12.5 years on average) were 32% more likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases than those who never climbed stairs. Specifically, the research team was studying atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), which includes conditions such as coronary artery disease and ischemic stroke, which are common causes of death worldwide.
Physical activity has long been touted as a way to reduce ASCVD risk; However, to date few studies have looked in detail at the relationship between stair climbing and heart health. Working hard on the heart, in addition to regulating blood pressure and strengthening this organ itself, keeps it healthier and protects this vital organ against diseases for a longer period of time.
Despite the large sample size, the study is not enough to prove a cause and effect relationship (climbing the stairs can directly reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases); Because many variables are involved in this matter. However, the new study is strong enough to be significant and show that climbing stairs can help us have a healthier heart.
Recent research is not the first to emphasize the benefits of climbing and descending stairs. Before this, the relationship between stair climbing and reducing the risk of cancer and improving cardiorespiratory fitness had been proven. The findings may prompt you to take the stairs instead of the elevator next time.
“The study provides new evidence for the protective effects of stair climbing on the risk of ASCVD,” says Lu Chi. Especially for people who have several risk factors for atherosclerosis.”
Research results in Atherosclerosis It has been published.