The Higher You Go, the Healthier You May Be: High-Altitude Locations Linked to Lower Incidence of Metabolic Syndrome

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Source: Live Science

The incidence of metabolic syndrome — the collection of factors that lead to higher risks for heart disease, obesity, and more — may be linked to the altitude at which you live. A study just published in Frontiers in Physiology found that people living at about 1200 feet above sea level and higher were less likely to have the high sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels that signal the development of metabolic syndrome.

The researchers weren’t sure what exactly led to the reduced risk. However, they suggested that the relatively reduced availability of oxygen, compared to that at sea level, may be the key. Your body has to work harder to get adequate oxygen as you travel to higher altitudes, and this may help the body stay healthier. More research is needed, but the study results still provide a clue as to how environment may promote or protect against certain conditions.


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