How Lifestyle Choices Affect Cardiovascular Health

Healthy Lifestyle Characteristics and Their Joint Association With Cardiovascular Disease Biomarkers in US Adults (Mayo Clinic Proceedings) revealed that most of us do NOT live lives that are conducive to a healthy heart. In this study, only 2.7% of the participants had the four lifestyle characteristics associated with healthy living. The four are: a healthy diet, normal body fat percentage, sufficient physical activity, and not smoking. Here is part of the summation: “Compared with men, women were more likely to not smoke and to eat a healthy diet and were less likely to be sufficiently active….    Adults 60 years and older had fewer healthy lifestyle characteristics compared with adults 20 to 39 years of age. Compared with non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black adults, Mexican American adults were more likely to consume a healthy diet.”(5)

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