7 January 2015
A new study has stated that a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of heart disease in nearly three-quarters of women.
The research, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, followed nearly 70,000 women for two decades and found that nearly three-quarters of heart attacks in young women could be prevented by six healthy lifestyle practices.
A team from the Harvard School of Public Health analysed data from nurses who participated in a previous study about health and diet. Of the 116,000 included in the original research, 69,247 met their requirements.
Healthy habits were defined as not smoking, a normal body mass index, physical activity of at least 2.5 hours per week, watching seven or fewer hours of television a week, drinking one alcoholic beverage a day, and a healthy diet.
During the study period, 456 women had heart attacks and 31,691 women were diagnosed with one or more cardiovascular disease risk factors.
It found that women who adhered to all six healthy lifestyle practices had a 92 per cent lower risk of heart attack. The researchers determined that this would mean that three-quarters of heart attacks may have been prevented if all of the women had adhered to all six healthy lifestyle practices.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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