POSTED OCTOBER 16, 2019, 10:30 AM
David R. Topor, PhD, MS-HPEd , Contributor
POSTED NOVEMBER 02, 2019, 10:30 AM , UPDATED NOVEMBER 04, 2019, 9:27 AM
James Yeh, MD, MPH , Contributor
Nearly half of all premature deaths may be due to unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as insufficient exercise, poor diet, and smoking. These risk factors increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.
The good news is that lifestyle changes can make a difference. In a study analyzing over 55,000 people, those with favorable lifestyle habits such as not smoking, not being obese, engaging in regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet lowered their heart disease risk by nearly 50%.
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recently published guidelines detailing lifestyle and behavioral recommendations to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in those who do not yet have it. The guidelines addressed diet and nutrition, exercise and physical activity, body weight, and tobacco use. They draw from existing evidence that healthier lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of premature death and disability due to heart disease.
POSTED NOVEMBER 11, 2019, 10:30 AM , UPDATED NOVEMBER 12, 2019, 9:15 AM
Ashwini Bapat, MD, Contributor
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