- Sedentary lifestyle, according to experts, contributes to impaired blood flow, lipid metabolism, glucose and inflammation.
- Over time, these have a negative impact on blood vessels and may raise heart attack and stroke risk.
- Physical activity helps mitigate the negative effects of excess sedentary time.
New Delhi: It has been almost two years since people across the world have been dealing with pandemic-related lockdowns on and off. Schools have been shut for months, colleges and corporate offices alike, and with that came inactivity, an unhealthy diet, and increased risk of metabolic disorders and obesity. However, a recent study just revealed how a particular lockdown-related habit could increase stroke risk – a condition wherein blood and oxygen supply to the brain gets disrupted. Keep reading to find out.
The lockdown-related habit linked to stroke risk
Published in the journal Stroke, a study reveals that people under 60 years of age who reported sitting in the same place for over eight hours a day and remained inactive otherwise as well, were seven times more likely to suffer a stroke as opposed to those who were sedentary for less than four hours and got at least 10 minutes of exercise every day.
How does a sedentary lifestyle contribute to stroke risk?
Sedentary time refers to the duration that involves all activities performed sitting or lying down when one is awake; leisure sedentary is when one is not engaged in work.
A sedentary lifestyle, according to experts, contributes to impaired blood flow, lipid metabolism, glucose, and inflammation. Over time, these have a negative impact on blood vessels and may raise heart attack and stroke risk.
Can exercise help lower stroke risk?
Physical activity helps mitigate the negative effects of excess sedentary time. As per the American Heart Association, adults must get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous workout every week. An action qualifies as an activity when it is performed for at least 10 minutes, and when it is enough to increase heart rate and induce sweating, it is known as moderate-intensity exercise like hiking. Vigorous activity refers to movement like rowing, running, or swimming.
Additionally, patients can also practice abstinence from smoking and alcohol to lower stroke risk.
What are the risk factors of a stroke?
Studies have discovered that 90 per cent of stroke cases are attributed to a particular set of risk factors. These include:
- High cholesterol
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Atrial fibrillation
- Unhealthy diet
- Metabolic disorders
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.