As years and years of research rolls in it still proves that sticking to basic principles of a healthy lifestyle goes a long way. Doing simple things like walking, avoiding smoking and drinking proves to drastically reduce serious health risks.
“Adults who walked briskly, were moderately active in their leisure time, drank moderately, didn’t smoke and avoided obesity had half the risk of heart failure as adults who did not optimize these modifiable risk factors, according to a study that followed nearly 4,500 adults for two decades. Researchers in this study, led by Liana C. Del Gobbo, Ph.D., from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, followed 4,490 men and women age 65 and older who didn’t initially have signs of heart failure for up to 21. 5 years, tracking their diet, walking habits, leisure activity, exercise intensity, alcohol use, smoking status, weight, height, waist circumference and heart health through questionnaires and physical exams throughout the study period. During the study, 1,380 heart failure cases occurred.
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