Climb your way to health

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PEO­PLE who can­not climb four flights of stairs quickly are at greater risk of an early death, a study has found.

Doc­tors are urg­ing peo­ple to try a lung-bust­ing as­cent to gauge how fit they are. If you strug­gle, it is a sign that you need to get more ex­er­cise.

The re­search was based on a study of 12,615 peo­ple who were tested on their abil­ity to run on a tread­mill, an ex­er­cise com­pa­ra­ble to climb­ing stairs.

The par­tic­i­pants were be­ing as­sessed for, or al­ready had, heart dis­ease.

The death rate from heart dis­ease was nearly three times higher in those who per­formed badly than those who coped with the test.

Study au­thor Je­sus Peteiro, a car­di­ol­o­gist at Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal A Coruna in Spain, said: “Our re­sults pro­vide fur­ther ev­i­dence of the ben­e­fits of ex­er­cise and be­ing fit on health and longevity. Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity has pos­i­tive ef­fects on blood pres­sure and lipids, re­duces in­flam­ma­tion, and im­proves the body’s im­mune re­sponse to tu­mours.”

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