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Lack of rest during the weekend increases heart disease risk

relaxing woman

I posted recently about the secrets of longevity. What always interested me was the fact that seventh day adventists live such long healthy lives. Sure, compared to most Americans they eat a pretty healthy diet, but it is a standard lacto-ovo vegetarian diet that includes breakfast cereals and flour products (in fact John Kellogg, founder of the cereal company with the same name, was an Adventist). Not exactly a diet the vegan diet guru's would recommend. How come they are so healthy?

An important reason may be their family ties and their lower levels of stress. A new study found that people who are unable to recover from the work week during the weekend were three times as likely to die from a heart attack.

If you are reading this at work, still stressed out from last week and the week before that: try and relax. I know it is easier said than done, but better rest now than after a heart attack.

June 19, 2006