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Study: Washing Dishes Lowers Heart Disease Risk

CNN ran a story about a scientific study performed at the University of California San Diego, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, that measured the physical activity of over 5,400 women between the ages of 63 to 97.

Conclusion of the study: "some older women could get a health benefit from chores like washing dishes and cooking."

The scientists "found that women who performed routine activities like housework, cooking and gardening saw a reduced risk of heart disease." and "self-care activities like showering can also be significantly beneficial for seniors’ cardiovascular health."

Are they implying that there's a whole slew of older women out there with heart disease caused by NOT doing dishes and avoiding cooking by eating cold cereal? Does loading a dishwasher count as dish washing?

"Oh, if only those lazy women would wash a plate once in awhile, their blood pressure would be lower."

What about older men? Washing dishes doesn't give older men a health benefit?

posted on Feb 23, 2022 11:18 PM ()


Donna does dishes, but I do the rest of it. We both have healthy hearts at this point!
comment by jjoohhnn on Feb 24, 2022 10:54 AM ()
I don't think I have a problem with this study, except that I am waiting for a parallel one to study the activity levels of men in the same ages, so we can hear the specific things they did all day, with recommendations that they also wash dishes to keep their health going.
comment by drmaus on Feb 24, 2022 3:07 AM ()
I never thought about this in just that way!
comment by elderjane on Feb 24, 2022 2:27 AM ()

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