Dancing lowers risk of heart disease

People aged over 40 who dance almost halve the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.

Dancing lowers risk of heart disease
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Dance; dance; dance.
You will not only be happy; your wife will also love you. And as an added bonus you will get a 49 per cent reduction in risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, if you are over 40 and dance; dance; dance.
The result comes from Western Sydney University, where associate professor Dafna Merom and colleagues analysed data from more than 48,000 people older than 40 who live in Great Britain. Over a 10-year period, those who danced were less likely to die of heart disease than those who rarely or never danced.


“We saw that dancing not only had the greatest protection against cardiovascular disease. If comparing to walkers for example, they benefited from an additional 21 per cent reduction as compared to walking,” Dafna Maron says.
The scientist believes the mixture of interval training with social interaction could be the key factor that creates the dancers far better health.
The study has been published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Read more here.
The study drew on data from 48,390 Great Britain residents recruited between 1994 and 2008.