Ever wonder if a "healthy lifestyle" really pays off?
Research published in the January 6, 2015 Journal of American College of Cardiology confirms just how substantially young women can lower their future heart disease risk by adopting a "healthy lifestyle". Six "healthy lifestyle" factors were assessed and followed over a period of twenty years in young women (age 27-44) and were found to be independently and significantly linked to less future heart and cardiovascular disease risk. The researchers found that compared to women who had none of the "healthy lifestyle" habits, women who had all six healthy habits were 92 percent less likely to have a heart attack and were 66% less likely to have diabetes or high blood pressure by the time they were in their 40's or 50's.
Comment: Many young women are so busy they may not take the time to take care of themselves properly. Even though they may look and feel healthy at the moment, this study shows how the long term benefits of taking the time and making the effort now, will pay off with the promise of a more productive and healthier future. In case you were wondering, the six "healthy lifestyle" habits were: not smoking, watching less than seven hours of TV per week, drinking no more than one alcoholic beverage per day, getting at least 2.5 hours of exercise per week, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a normal body weight. See more . . .