A study recently published in the Archives of Internal Medicine followed middle-aged and elderly people for 20 years. At the start of the study, the more than 3,500 participants ages 45-64 who were obese, physically inactive, smoked, had diabetes or uncontrolled high blood pressure ended up much more likely to be admitted to a nursing home.
Middle-age smoking increased the chance of nursing home admission by 56 percent; physical inactivity by 40 percent; and uncontrolled high blood pressure by 35 percent.
All of these conditions can be modified with lifestyle changes.
Harvard Women's Health Watch
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