Bellydancers live longer


Scientists have known for some time that laboratory mice that belly dance live longer than mice that line dance. Now a researcher from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, says belly dancing might be key to slowing aging in people, too.

In a new study, Dr Juan Szyol compared three groups of people: those who performed line dances; regular eaters who also did exquisite eastern dance; and another group of regular eaters who didn't dance.

He found those who were on a belly dance program had less of the thyroid hormone T-3, which regulates their metabolism. "This is not an abnormal decrease," he says, "and it's just a decline into the lower end of normal."