I consider myself in pretty good shape for my age. But when my brother just a year older than me recently died of a sudden heart attack, I decided to get all the testing I could for heart disease. One test I got is called a “cardiac CT scan for calcium“. It measures the amount of plaque deposits in the arteries near your heart.
Alas, I did not do so well. I scored a 61, which is in the 59th percentile for my age. That means that 59% of American men my age have less plaque build up than me. Very surprising considering my lifestyle: I exercise regularly (about an hour and a half a day of biking, swimming or running), eat well, keep my cholesterol under control, and am thin.
So I started investigating why I might have such plaque build-up. Clearly genetics is one factor, and I can’t change that. But there was one thing in my lifestyle, I discovered, that could be causing the fat in my blood to deposit on my artery walls; sitting. Recent studies show that, even if you work out regularly, if you are sitting a lot during the rest of the day, you are more likely to develop plaque in your arteries, and thus more likely to suffer heart attacks and strokes.
But as a New York personal injury lawyer, sitting is about all I do all day! My job requires me to be at my desk, and on the phone or computer, almost all day long. Even at home in the evenings I often continue to work sitting. In Court I am mostly seated. And I am seated when I drive to and from court, and between my home and the office. Now that I think about it, I spend almost all my waking hours on my butt!
Solution? a standing desk . Yes, standing is good for you. Even without trying, your leg muscles are working when you stand. The cholesterol doesn’t deposit to the walls of your arteries as easily.
And so I just ordered my standing desk from amazon.com. Fellow desk-bound lawyers, please join me in standing up against heart disease!
Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org I’d love to hear from you!