Welcome you all to our physiogain community and Today, we will be discussing an interesting topic that will blow your mind. As you all guys can read the blog title – ‘is an increase in life span possible.
I know for sure that you all are very curious to know the answer to this question so for that just connected to us till the end.
I will also be talking in detail about the topic.
Let’s start by telling you the results of some studies which were done by researchers on this topic.
Do you guys ever come across this statement –
“every heartbeat adding to the heartrate will result in person’s overall risk of early death by 3% and their risk of getting a heart disease by 2%.”
“your life span depends on your resting heart rate”.
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How is this possible?
Let me explain to you in detail-
A lot of studies found out that among mammals, the total number of heartbeats in their lifetime is constant, despite a lot of differences in their life expectancy.
By observing this statement, we can extend this concept to the whole animal kingdom.
To explain this, I will make a difference between a Galapagos tortoise and a rat.
- Heartrate – 6 beats per minute
- Life expectancy – 171 years
- Total number of heartbeats in their life span – 5.6 multiply 10 to the power 8
- Heartrate – 240 beats per minute
- Life expectancy – 5 years
- Total number of heartbeats in their life span – 6.3 multiplu10 to the power 8
I am sure that you guys can observe the difference.
How does it impact humans?
In humans, we can believe that a reduction in their heartbeat can increase their life span.
Heartbeats – 100,810times per day – 36.7×10 to the power 6 in a year – 29.1×10 to the power 8 heartbeats in a lifespan.
The human heart consumes an average of 30 kg ATP per day and 11100 kg per year and approximately 881,000 kg in a lifetime.
So this means that each heartbeat needs 300mg ATP.
We can assume that if your decrease your heart rate from 70 to 60 beats per minute then your life expectancy will increase from 80 to 93 years.
This all concludes that reducing your heart rate by 10 beats per minute will result in saving of 5kg ATP per day.
So the question that comes to our mind is that why a higher heart rate has a high mortality rate.
Do you know guys that your increased heart rate leads to high blood pressure and that will lead to atherosclerosis, hypertension, and increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.
So from here, what did you guys conclude?
Elevated heart rate can be a disastrous thing.
In this modern era of science and technologies, scientific studies are taking place regularly and from these studies, they find out that there is a close association between metabolism, temperature, and heart rate.
They all decide the person’s life expectancy.
Even a doctor can diagnose a lot about the patient through his heart rate, whether it’s his physical status or mental status.
You can imagine your heart rate as the speed of your car, it cannot go too high or too low.
Human heart rate – 72 beats per minute
But the doctor assumes about 60 to 100 beats per minute as a normal range.
Slow heart rate
Among the healthy individuals,
- Sign of fitness
- Due to medication like propranolol
It can also be related to malicious disease
- Heart disease
- High potassium in the blood
- Underactive thyroid gland
High heart rate
Among healthy individuals
- High caffeine and cocaine intake
- Release of fight and flight hormone
Disease or problems relating to this
- Low potassium level
- Overactive thyroid gland
- Certain medications, etc.
What are the things you can do to lower your heart rate?
Understanding the activity of the heart is not an easy task, it takes a lot of observation skills and knowledge because sometimes changes shown by your heart are just because of emotional or physical stress.
There are a few ways through which you can control your heart rate.
- Go for a walk in the morning
- Do breathing exercises
- Exercise daily for about 20 minutes
- Do meditation exercises as they will help you to remain calm in stressful situations.
Tips to reduce your heart rate
- Exercise – We all know that exercising can cure a lot of problems or you can say that exercising is a precautionary step that everyone should consider following.
It is the most easiest and most effective way to get control over your heart rate.
- Limit your alcohol intake – it is a toxin to our body, we should avoid consuming it. It causes dehydration in the body which makes the heart work more to stabilize the homeostasis.
- Maintain your body weight – people who put on a lot of weight are at high risk of heart disease. obesity brings a lot of problems.
- Eat healthy food – food plays a great role in the maintenance of our whole body mechanism so prefer eating only healthy food like green vegetables, fruits, nuts, lean protein, legumes, etc.
- Decrease the intake of stimulants like caffeine, cocaine – these things cause dehydration in our body.
- Stay hydrated – hydration of the body make it easier for the heart to work smoothly and hence balance the whole body.
- You can judge your health condition by looking at your heart rate
- Keep the heart rate in control because its elevated level can be called a marker of risk
- Exercise daily to keep your heart healthy.
- you can control your lifespan by controlling your heart rate.