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Stress, as research has shown, is a killer. Unfortunately, a new study in the journal Circulationreveals that stress-busting exercise can also put you six feet under by giving you a rather inconvenient heart attack.
Jogging or any other fairly intensive form of exercise doubles the risk of having a heart attack within an hour, and becoming incredibly vexed or distressed while doing anything else has a roughly similar if slightly larger effect. If you combine the two, however, the risk triples.
Both can raise blood pressure and heart rate, changing the flow of blood through blood vessels and reducing blood supply to the heart, lead authorAndrew Smyth, a researcher at the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Canada, said in a statement.
In the largest study of its kind to date, a team of researchers analyzed data given by 12,461 patients from 52 countries in order to determine what the most common precursors to heart attacks were. All of the patients did not have a heart attack prior to the one they were describing in the study.
About 13 percent had beenexercising or engaging in a physically strenuous activity, and 14 percent were in a state of emotional stress. After cross-referencing thousands of cases, the researchers found that the combination of both is particularly deadly. The team made sure to take other extenuating factors into account, including their body fat, blood pressure value, and smoking habits.
Its important to note, however, that the average age of the patients was 58, so this study only really applies to those around or approaching that age. Its also worth highlighting that, as always, these risk values make the threat of a heart attack sound a lot worse than it actually is.
Although men over the age of 45 and women over the age of 55 are more likely to have a heart attack than younger members of society, the risk varies quite dramatically between individuals. Those with a healthy cardiovascular system, with normal blood cholesterol levels, normal blood pressures, and non-smokers will be far less likely than unhealthier people to have heart attacks in the first place.
The risk of having a heart attack while angrily exercising may increase for everyone, but for young and healthy people, the chance of them keeling over is already very low.
Of course, exercise itself has many health benefits. This study simply warns us that extremes can be hazardous, and that the mind and body are connected in more ways than we often acknowledge.
If this research has in fact put you off that additional spin class, you could always try exercising your brain instead. Reading a book can let you live up to two years longer than non-readers.
Imagine it’s a beautiful summer night. You’re hanging out in your backyard with a few close friends and family. Something is cooking on the grill that smells absolutely delicious. Your favorite song comes on the radio and you lean back in your chair, thinking to yourself that things couldn’t be better. Suddenly, a tiny insect no bigger than your pinky nail lands on your neck and ruins everything. That’s right, one mosquito has the power to turn any blissful summer night into an evening of itching, scratching, and swatting.
Unfortunately, the above scenario is a sad reality for many people during the hotter months of the year. When the mosquitoes come out, it’s only a matter of time before they’re getting “eaten alive.” But have you ever wondered why mosquitoes seem to favor some of us way more than others? I mean, my mom gets bitten by mosquitoes the second she steps outside, while my dad and I can go on a three-day hike through the forest and emerge with only a bite or two. My dad always joked that it was because he and I had more “bitter” blood than my mother, but it turns out he might have been closer to the truth than we thought.
There are a number of biological factors that affect how attracted mosquitoes are to you and your blood. While some of these are outside of our control, it’s important to keep them in mind whenever we’re in an area with a high threat of mosquitoes. Despite their small size, mosquitoes are capable of transmitting all kinds of diseases that would ruin a whole lot more than your summer night. Check out the four major reasons why mosquitoes are attracted to you below and learn more about why these bloodsuckers keep bugging you.
The higher the amount of lactic acid you’re producing, the more mosquitoes are attracted to you. Where does lactic come from, you ask? Sweat. Those little beads of perspiration on your arms and legs are a feast for mosquitoes.
They’re also more attracted to sweat that’s older, so remember to frequently wipe away your sweat if you’re going to be outside for a long time.
Luckily for dogs, they only sweat in areas without fur.
What the new Star Wars movie didn’t show you was that Finn got a bunch of mosquito bites after crash landing in the deserts of Jakku.
It’s easy to forget that our skin is a living organ. It’s covered in different types of bacteria, some of which make it a far more appealing landing zone to mosquitoes.
Staphylococcus and Variovorax are two types of bacteria that make someone more desirable to pests. Other bacteria, however, has the opposite effect and actually acts as a deterrent. Pseudomonas, Delftia, Leptotrichia, and Actinobacteria are all examples of bacteria that are good for keeping mosquitoes at bay.
Not much you can do to change your blood type, unless of course you could get a transfusion and swap out all the blood in your body with a different type, but I’m not a scientist and that has to be impossible, right? Anyways, those with type O blood are most likely to get bitten, followed by type B, then type A.
Some of us may not have thought about CO2 since the days of watching Captain Planet on Saturday mornings …
Or when we step outside on a cold day and see our breath …
Or when we’re clinging to the love of our life on a raft in the middle of the ocean.
Believe it or not, those who breathe heavier are more likely to get bit by mosquitoes since they’re attracted to the carbon dioxide we release when we exhale. We’re willing to let this one slide, considering CO2 is responsible for keeping all of our favorite plants alive.
H/T: Sun Gazing
Awww … there’s always next year, kiddos. Snort.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.
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I’ve seen these images on the Web for a couple of years (see below), and blew them off as Photoshopped.
But, apparently, Springdale dry cleaners of Cincinnati, Ohio has actually really been putting these “Choose Life!” ads on their wire coat hangers since 2011.
I’m sure(?) the owners are aware of the horrible sub-message of this stunt. Younger females, if you don’t get it, read this.
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