Lifestyle Change Could Slash Heart Disease
If you eat right,
exercise and don't smoke - the lifestyle changes major health organizations
advocate - you can reduce the risk of dying from premature heart disease by
But nutritionist Dr. Frank Hu of Boston's Harvard School of Public Health
emphasizes dropping a few pounds, exercising fitfully and stopping and
starting smoking won't help.
"The key is to maintain the change," Hu told colleagues and reporters at
the annual meeting of the American Heart Association in Atlanta. He says
people can actually reverse the process of heart disease by exchanging bad
habits for good habits - even if they are now overweight, sedentary and
Hu and colleagues base their conclusions on 14 years of data from the
84,129 women enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study. They believe the
80-percent drop can also apply to men.