A new study has found that people who cut back and spent less time at the checkout have a lower chance of developing a heart condition, a finding that could be used to help make retailers more aware of the link between shopping and heart disease.
In the study, researchers looked at nearly 20,000 adults over the course of 12 years and asked them to report the frequency of a specific type of heart attack.
After the survey was completed, researchers found that those who were more likely to shop less frequently and spend more time at checkout were less likely to develop a heart attack over the same period.
The study also found that having more than 1,000 hours of paid time off a year was associated with a 33 percent lower risk of developing heart disease, compared to people who spent more than that amount of time at home.
The findings are published in the journal The Lancet.
“We wanted to see if this could be useful to retailers who are concerned about their bottom line and the amount of people they’re trying to serve,” said lead author Dr. Robert K. O’Brien, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.
“They could be looking at their bottom lines and what’s the impact of their choices on their bottomlines, and how much time they’re spending at the store.
So we wanted to look at what impact that might have on people.”
The study included more than 14,000 people who had a heart or kidney disease and had been diagnosed with a major heart or stroke.
It found that a person who spent less than 1 hour per week shopping at a department store was at a 44 percent greater risk of having a heart disease over the next six years than someone who spent 1,200 hours or more per week.
It was also found to be a risk factor for having a stroke.
For the study to be meaningful, the researchers had to determine whether spending more time in the store had any effect on heart disease risk.
The researchers then compared people who were at risk of heart disease to those who had no heart disease or who had had no major heart attack, and found that the people who lived at home were at a 33-percent higher risk of experiencing a heart problem over the time frame of the study.
The most common risk factors were age, being married or having two children, having lower income, and being a white male.
The risk was lowest among people who reported spending more than 250 hours per week at home, and the risk increased for people who said they were younger than 45 years old.
Other risk factors included a history of hypertension, high blood pressure, and obesity.