Sunday, November 8, 2009

Diabetes Care ~ What's new? By: Jonathan Jarashow

healthy lifestyle cuts your risk in half

A healthy lifestyle can reduce the risks of high blood pressure and heart failure, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers at Harvard Medical School analyzed data from previous studies of over 20,000 men and found a link between a healthy lifestyle and preventing heart failure. Healthy lifestyle habits included maintaining a normal body weight, not smoking, regular exercise, moderate alcohol intake, eating breakfast cereals, and eating fruits and vegetables. Men who practiced none of the healthy lifestyle habits had a risk of heart failure of over 21%. In contrast, those who incorporated four or more healthy lifestyle habits had a risk of just over 10% percent, or about half their risk.

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