Stroke and the healthy five
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
People who followed five healthy habits had around an 80 percent lower risk of stroke than people who followed none of the healthy five. Researcher Stephanie Chiuve of the Harvard School of Public Health bases that on two large, long-running studies.
She also says the payoff goes beyond stroke risk:
``This same low-risk lifestyle may have prevented between 65 and 80 percent of coronary heart disease and 90 percent of diabetes within these same populations.’’ (8 seconds)
The healthy five:
- Not smoking
- Maintaining healthy weight
- Exercising 30 minutes or more a day
- Eating lots of fruits and vegetables, fiber, chicken and fish, and not a lot of processed meats.
- And drinking alcohol in moderation
The study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Last revised: May 7, 2011