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If you think that there's no point in exercising if you only have a few minutes, then think again.

Researchers have found that running for just seven minutes a day decreases the risk of dying from heart disease and stroke up to 45%. Not only that, but it can help you live up to three years longer than non-runners.

The study followed 55,137 participants over the course of 15 years between the ages of 18 and 100. Over that time, over 3,000 participants died. 1,217 of deaths were related to heart disease.

Apparently it doesn’t matter how slow you go, once you do go, for about seven minutes a day. Surely even the busiest among us could fit this into our schedule?!


New research has shown that while people who are overweight are more likely to get heart disease, the risk of them actually dying from it, is lower than people who are underweight.

Dr Abhishek Sharma, of the State University of New York, carried out the research where he analysed 36 previous studies involving thousands of patients with coronary artery disease. He found that the death rate in those with a high BMI (over 30) were up to 27% lower, than those with a normal BMI.

Dr Sharma said: “At this stage, we can only speculate on the reasons for this paradox.

“One explanation may be that overweight patients are more likely to be prescribed cardio-protective medications such as beta blockers and statins and in higher doses than the normal weight population.”

He added: “Obese and overweight patients have been found to have large coronary vessel damage, which might contribute to more favourable outcomes [than those who have smaller damaged vessels].”

However, before you ring the Chinese and order everything on the menu, Dr. Sharma warned: “The findings in these studies should not be considered as an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the anti-obesity campaign in the best interest of public health.”


It seems polar bears are not just cute, snow animals, they may hold the key to helping us treat heart disease.

According to Irish scientists, understanding how the bears consist on a diet of fat and little water could help treat the disease caused by a number of factors including high fat diet and high cholesterol.

Dr. Mary O’Connell from UCD says: “If you think about having a diet which is entirely animal fat-based, you’d be pretty sick. Polar bears have mastered the art.”

She added: “They live on mostly ring seals, and eat the blubber. In many cases they only eat the blubber, their entire existence is based around fat. In terms of their body mass, up to 50pc can be fat.”

While their diet doesn’t sound particularly appealing  the “cool thing” about it is the way they metabolize the fat and turn it into water.

Dr. Mary said: “Polar bears don’t drink water. If you think about it, where would they get fresh water anyway? So they don’t drink.”