You're safe up there. The high life, indeed. Living near the top of a high-rise apartment building may help you live longer, says a new study fr...
The high life, indeed. Living near the top of a high-rise apartment building may help you live longer, says a new study from Switzerland.
Researchers looked at the death rates for more than 1.5 million people and found that lower-level dwellers—below the eighth floor—had a 22 percent greater chance of dying from lung disease, lung cancer, and heart disease.
The researchers speculate that climbing the stairs to reach higher levels can help you combat heart disease, and that air pollution and loud traffic noise at lower floors can negatively affect your health. Plus, affluent tenants up top are typically more inclined and able to monitor their health than their neighbors downstairs.
Just signed a lease for a ground-floor apartment? Live like a high-riser by taking the stairs instead of the elevator anywhere you can. A study published in Preventive Medicine found that after 12 weeks, people who regularly climbed stairs increased their stamina, cut almost 2 percent off their waist circumferences, lowered their weight by almost 1 percent, and showed signs of lower blood pressure and “bad” LDL-cholesterol.
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