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Researchers of the Framingham Heart Study tracked the health of almost 8,000 men and women free of heart disease at age 50 to their deaths or age 95. In the group of participants who didn’t smoke, weren’t overweight, and didn’t have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, less than 10 percent developed heart disease by age 75 and lived 8-11 years longer than their less-healthy counterparts. Diabetes was the single biggest risk factor for developing heart disease.

Whether age 50 is ahead of you or swiftly receding in your rearview mirror, any lifestyle choices you make to protect your heart—getting more exercise, watching your weight, eating wisely, and controlling your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar—will pay off handsomely.

Harvard Heart Letter

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, July/August 2008. Copyright © 2008 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.


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