The Joke is on Heart Disease


Judd Apatow might just save your life: Catching a funny movie could help you ward off a heart attack, say scientists in Greece. They found that when people sat and watched comedy for half an hour, the humour hit temporarily improved the flexibility of their coronary arteries. The connection? Laughing reduces your body’s production of ­cortisol, a stress hormone that causes your arteries to stiffen, which in turn hampers blood flow and increases your odds of an infarction. Try to crack yourself up several times a week, but be careful when you buy popcorn at the movies: Not all theaters have taken the trans fats out of the “buttery topping.” Ask before you buy (and kick) the bucket.


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