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Maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle during middle age not only helps you live longer; it helps you live better.

A study reported in the November 2003 Archives of Internal Medicine involved 6,342 people who, for 26 years, were watched carefully and their lifestyle habits recorded in detail. The result? Researchers demonstrated that those with fewer cardiovascular risk factors (smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol) in middle age enjoyed a greater quality of life as they moved into their later years and remained freer of major illnesses for longer.

Archives of Internal Medicine

Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, July/August 2004. Copyright © 2015 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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