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Studies are unearthing some destructive links to your heart. It’s already known that diabetes doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease. But new research points a finger at high blood sugar itself—even in people without diabetes—as a risk factor. Non-diabetes with elevated blood sugar readings should consult their physicians about ways to bring those numbers down with a sound diet and exercise plan.

A second way to reduce heart attack risk is to avoid traffic jams. It’s not only the aggravation of gridlock, it may be the air pollution as well. Sitting in traffic for as little as an hour almost triples your risk of suffering a heart attack within the following few days.

Third, people who haven’t graduated from high school are two–and-a-half times more likely to die from heart disease as those with more education.

Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, January/February, 2007. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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