JUST-RELEASED NATURAL HEALTH STUDY: LIFESTYLE CHANGES CAN ADD A DECADE OR MORE TO LIFE

October 22, 2011

(adopted from the AANP website, http://www.naturopathic.org)

An analysis of statistical data has shown that adopting seven simple lifestyle changes can add a decade or more of healthy years to life, and that people who follow all seven steps can expect to live an additional 40 to 50 years after the age of 50. This translates to a 90 percent chance of living to age 90 or 100 free of chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Adopting all seven lifestyle habits involves:
1. being active
2. knowing and controlling cholesterol
3. following a healthy diet
4. knowing and controlling blood pressure
5. maintaining a healthy weight
6. managing diabetes
7. staying tobacco and smoke free.

These lifestyle changes tend to compress life-threatening diseases into the final stages of life. (Heart disease and stroke rates have declined significantly over the past half century, but this health dividend is being offset by a large increase in obesity and diabetes rates.) This study will be presented Sunday, October 23, 2011, at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Vancouver. It has not been published or posted online.

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