In episode 97 of his video series, Dr. Larson discusses:
The key to longevity is having simple strategies to evaluate your degree of health and fitness so that when you get off track, you can alter your lifestyle to get back on. A study was done recently, whereby, researchers wanted to evaluate a person’s risk for a cardiovascular event like a heart attack or stroke. They used pushups to determine the likelihood that someone would have a future cardiovascular event.
The study, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was conducted on male firefighters, who were both occupationally active and middle-aged. The researchers evaluated the participant’s pushups and other simple office procedures. But the number of pushups was the real key. If the men were able to do 40 or more pushups, they had a 96% decreased chance of having a cardiovascular event over those who could only do 10 or less. And those who could do 10-40 had a risk that was somewhere in the middle.
Although we primarily discuss other risk factors for disease and illness, this study demonstrates the importance of maintaining good musculoskeletal health. A similar study talked about in a past episode released in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology mimicked the same results. Seniors were asked to do a sit-down, stand-up test. The test required that participants squat all the way down and then stand back up. If you had to use two hands and two knees to get down or get up, you had a seven times greater risk factor of dying in the six year course the study.
DR. CHAD LARSON
To reiterate, these evaluations are not to scare you or make you panic. They are an evaluation tool that you can use to spot weaknesses in your health and then to accommodate for them to alter your habits for longevity and quality of life. If you fail either of these tests, it is not a fatalistic thing. It is an excellent opportunity to get your life back on track by working to reduce your risk factors and, thereby, to become a healthier new you.