ISLAMABAD - Just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day could add to seven years to your life, heart experts have said. Researchers said moderate exercise could halve the risk of heart attack death among those in their fifties and sixties.

The new research presented on Sunday at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress suggests that regular exercise can delay the ageing process.

The German study put men and women aged between 30 and 60 on a daily programme of exercise. They were selected because until then they had not been regular exercisers.

The study then tracked key markers of ageing in the blood. Within just six months, these showed changes in the body which help to repair the DNA.

Experts said just 25 minutes of brisk walking or slow jogging every day could buy extra years of health - and happiness. Sanjay Sharma, professor of inherited cardiac diseases in sports cardiology at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London, said: “When you exercise moderately, you reduce your risk of dying from a heart attack when you’re in your 50s and 60s by 50 per cent. That’s a really big deal.”

Everyone should try to build in such habits to their daily routine, he said.

“Exercise buys you three to seven additional years of life. It is an anti-depressant, it improves cognitive function and there is now evidence that it may retard the onset of dementia,” the cardiologist said. Experts said the study showed that exercise was able to delay the process of ageing.

Coffee harms cardiovascular health for adults with mild hypertension

Young adults with mild cases of high blood pressure may want to steer clear of coffee, as new research suggests drinking the beverage could increase the risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attacks in this population.

The study investigated the impact of coffee consumption on participants with untreated cases of mild hypertension. The research is being presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress by study author Dr. Lucio Mos, a cardiologist at Hospital of San Daniele del Friuli in Udine, Italy.

“There is controversy surrounding the long-term cardiovascular and metabolic effects of coffee consumption in patients with hypertension,” Dr. Mos reports. “Our study was designed to evaluate whether coffee drinking had an effect on the risk of cardiovascular events, and if the association was mediated by effects on blood pressure and glucose metabolism.”

Such is coffee’s popularity around the world, there is a wide variety of research that has been conducted on the effects of its consumption. Recently, Medical News Today has reported on studies that have suggested coffee could improve survival in colon cancer patients and reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction.

However, the majority of studies of coffee that MNT has looked at in recent months have linked coffee consumption with positive health outcomes. The new study differs in this respect.

The researchers investigated the coffee consumption habits of 1,201 non-diabetic patients aged 18-45 years participating in the prospective HARVEST2 study. Each participant had stage 1 hypertension (systolic blood pressure of 140-159 mm/Hg and/or diastolic blood pressure of 90-99 mm/Hg) but were not receiving treatment for it.

Coffee consumption was defined by the amount of cups of caffeine-containing coffee participants drank every day. Non-drinkers reported no cups a day, moderate drinkers consumed between one and three cups daily and heavy coffee drinkers consumed four or more per day.

Among the participants of the study, 26.3% did not drink coffee, 62.7% were moderate coffee drinkers and 10% were heavy coffee drinkers.

Type 2 diabetes is frequently known to develop in patients with hypertension at a later stage, and so the researchers investigated how coffee drinking influenced the risk of developing prediabetes over time, following the participants for 12.5 years.