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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Healthy Habits in 40s Pay Off in 70s


Explain that estimated total lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease increased for both men and women at ages 45, 55, and 65 if they had two or more major risk factors.Note that estimates for years lived free of cardiovascular disease events paralleled the findings for lifetime risk.Healthy living in middle age can add more than a decade of heart attack-free living to old age, researchers found.

The overall lifetime risk for total cardiovascular disease from ages 45 to 95 was 60% for men and 55% for women, according to John T. Wilkins, MD, of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and colleagues.

But those with optimal risk factor profiles at age 45 lived about 14 years longer than those with at least two major risk factors in middle age, they reported online Nov. 5 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Not surprising, the total cardiovascular risk for men was greater than that for women across all ages, Wilkins and colleagues said.And despite living a life within the bounds of optimal risk factors, the lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease was still 30% or greater for both sexes.

However, staying active in middle age and meeting standards to keep risk factors low significantly improved event-free survival, researchers noted.

Although studies have chronicled lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease according to separate categories of individual risks, this is the first time that lifetime risk for total cardiovascular disease has included coronary heart disease, atherosclerotic and hemorrhagic stroke, congestive heart failure, and other cardiovascular disease death, researchers said.

06/11/2012  :  By Chris Kaiser  /  MedPage Today.

2 comments:

  1. Health is very expensive. SO we should maintain it with healthy habit and positive.

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  2. When I worked for AARP, I noticed this was a commen concern for people that were eligible. They would ask about things such as Silver Sneakers programs ans well as what exactly they could do to stay fit in their area.

    It's hard to believe people are beginning to care about their bodies again in later ages. It's great though, hopefully at some point America won't be obese and everyone will be healthy. :)

    I look forward to reading your other posts.

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