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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Living At Higher Altitude Can Be Healthier

I came across an interesting article that talks about the health benefits of living at a higher altitude. I always thought a higher altitude was harder on your health. People get dehydrated more quickly, breathing can be more difficult and you get sun-burned more easily. It may be for just these reasons, and more, that our bodies become healthier...they have to work a little harder.

The Altitude Research Center in Aurora, Colorado has done studies to show that any place with mountains has definite health benefits. For one, at really high altitudes you will lose weight due to hypoxia or lack of oxygen. Without as much oxygen not as much gets absorbed. This is great for decreasing obesity. And becasue obesity directly influences diabetes, lung issues and heart diseases, high altitude can also improve your overall health.

The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation came out with a study this past summer which sited Colorado as having the lowest obesity rate as well as lower heart diseases, diabetes and some cancers in the United States. What is it about Colorado that the other active lifestyle states don't have? Altitude. With an average altitude of 6,800 feet above sea level, Colorado is the highest state in the U.S.A. Who knew?

Interesting, right?