Σύμφωνα με έρευνα που πραγματοποιείται εδώ και σαράντα ολόκληρα χρόνια απο το Πανεπιστήμιο του Ελσίνκι, απέδειξε ότι τα ρεπό κάνουν καλό στην υγεία.
Συγκεκριμένα, η έρευνα ξεκίνησε την δεκαετία του 1970 και περιελάμβανε 1.222 μεσήλικους άνδρες, που γεννήθηκαν μεταξύ του 1919 και του 1934.
Όλοι είχαν αυξημένο κίνδυνο καρδιακών νοσημάτων, λόγω υψηλής αρτηριακής πίεσης, καπνίσματος ή παχυσαρκίας.
«Μην νομίζετε ότι το να έχετε έναν υγιή τρόπο ζωής θα σας αποζημιώσει για τη σκληρή δουλειά και το να μην παίρνεις άδεια», αναφέρει ο καθηγητής Τίμο Στράντμπεργκ, του Πανεπιστημίου του Ελσίνκι.
«Οι διακοπές είναι ένας καλός τρόπος να απαλλαχτείς από το στρες» και συνεπώς με αυτό τον τρόπο αποφεύγονται τα καρδιακά νοσήματα.
Η έρευνα, μάλιστα, έδειξε, ότι οι εργαζόμενοι που παίρνουν άδεια κάτω από τρεις εβδομάδες ετησίως, είναι πιθανό να πεθάνουν νέοι.
Οι ερευνητές τόνισαν επίσης, ότι η υγιεινή διατροφή δεν αντικαθιστά την ξεκούραση που χρειάζεται ο οργανισμός. Ο καθηγητής Τίμο θεωρεί απαραίτητη προυπόθεση την άδεια από τη δουλειά.
Ολόκληρο το άρθρο απο τηn ιστοσελίδα της European Society of Cardiology
Munich, Germany – 28 Aug 2018: Taking vacations could prolong life. That’s the finding of a 40-year study presented today at ESC Congress and accepted for publication in The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging. (1,2)
“Don’t think having an otherwise healthy lifestyle will compensate for working too hard and not taking holidays,” said Professor Timo Strandberg, of the University of Helsinki, Finland. “Vacations can be a good way to relieve stress.”
The study included 1,222 middle-aged male executives born in 1919 to 1934 and recruited into the Helsinki Businessmen Study in 1974 and 1975. Participants had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease (smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, glucose intolerance, overweight).
Participants were randomised into a control group (610 men) or an intervention group (612 men) for five years.The intervention group received oral and written advice every four months to do aerobic physical activity, eat a healthy diet, achieve a healthy weight, and stop smoking. When health advice alone was not effective, men in the intervention group also received drugs recommended at that time to lower blood pressure (beta-blockers and diuretics) and lipids (clofibrate and probucol). Men in the control group received usual healthcare and were not seen by the investigators.
As previously reported, the risk of cardiovascular disease was reduced by 46% in the intervention group compared to the control group by the end of the trial. (3) However, at the 15-year follow-up in 1989 there had been more deaths in the intervention group than in the control group. (4,5)
The analysis presented today extended the mortality follow-up to 40 years (2014) using national death registers and examined previously unreported baseline data on amounts of work, sleep, and vacation. The researchers found that the death rate was consistently higher in the intervention group compared to the control group until 2004. Death rates were the same in both groups between 2004 and 2014.
Shorter vacations were associated with excess deaths in the intervention group. In the intervention group, men who took three weeks or less annual vacation had a 37% greater chance of dying in 1974 to 2004 than those who took more than three weeks. Vacation time had no impact on risk of death in the control group. (see figures)
Professor Strandberg said: “The harm caused by the intensive lifestyle regime was concentrated in a subgroup of men with shorter yearly vacation time. In our study, men with shorter vacations worked more and slept less than those who took longer vacations. This stressful lifestyle may have overruled any benefit of the intervention. We think the intervention itself may also have had an adverse psychological effect on these men by adding stress to their lives.”
Professor Strandberg noted that stress management was not part of preventive medicine in the 1970s but is now recommended for individuals with, or at risk of, cardiovascular disease. (6) In addition, more effective drugs are now available to lower lipids (statins) and blood pressure (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, calcium channel blockers).
He concluded: “Our results do not indicate that health education is harmful. Rather, they suggest that stress reduction is an essential part of programmes aimed at reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Lifestyle advice should be wisely combined with modern drug treatment to prevent cardiovascular events in high-risk individuals.”
Figures: Shorter vacations were associated with higher mortality in the intervention group but not in the control group during long-term follow-up
(1) The abstract “Increased mortality despite successful multifactorial cardiovascular risk reduction in healthy men. 40-year follow-up of the Helsinki businessmen study intervention trial” will be presented during:
- The press conference Is this really good for you? Challenging conventional wisdom on Monday 27 August at 09:30 CEST.
- The moderated poster session Controversies in cardiovascular risk assessment and prevention on Tuesday 28 August at 10:05 to 10:55 in the Poster Area.
(2) Strandberg TE, Räikkönen K, Salomaa V, et al. Increased mortality despite successful multifactorial cardiovascular risk reduction in healthy men. J Nutr Health & Aging. 2018
(3) Miettinen TA, Huttunen JK, Naukkarinen V, et al. Multifactorial primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases in middle-aged men. JAMA. 1985;254:2097–2102.
(4) Strandberg TE, Salomaa VV, Naukkarinen VA, et al. Long-term mortality after 5-year multifactorial primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases in middle-aged men. JAMA. 1991;266:1225–1229.
(5) Strandberg TE, Salomaa V, Strandberg AY, et al. Cohort Profile: The Helsinki Businessmen Study (HBS). Int J Epidemiol. 2016;45:1074–1074h.
(6) Piepoli MF, Hoes AW, Agewall S, et al. 2016 European Guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention in clinical practice. Eur Heart J. 2016;37:2315–2381.