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Men, how many push-ups can you do? It could reveal your risk of heart disease


New research from Harvard University has revealed that middle-aged men who can complete a certain number of push-ups had significantly lower risk of cardiovascular issues.

The study compared the heart health of over 1,000 male firefighters – with an average age of 40 years – over a 10-year period and found that those who could do more than 40 push-ups were 96 per cent less likely to have developed a heart problem than those who couldn’t do more than 10.

Study author Justin Yang said the findings showed that push-up capacity was even “more strongly associated with cardiovascular disease risk than the results of treadmill tests” and could be “an easy, no-cost method” to help assess the risk of heart issues “in almost any setting.”

Some very important medical research, yes, and certainly worth giving a go – but we wonder if maybe the researchers just wanted to watch some firefighters do push-ups?

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

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