In past posts, we've talked extensively about certain habits that can improve your overall health and aging longevity, as well as those that may jeopardize it. Now, a comprehensive study from John Hopkins University has combined past research and developed a list of four key lifestyle choices that can offset your risk of heart disease and ultimately help you live a longer, healthier life.
A recent press release from the university revealed that the the following guidelines may help men and women in Houston ward off serious illnesses and generally feel better as they grow older:
- Exercising regularly – It's no secret that physical exertion is good for your health. Studies have shown that aerobic exercise can combat a number of medical conditions and can even keep your cognitive faculties sharp over time.
- Giving up nicotine – As we discussed earlier this week, smoking can substantially increase your risk of a stroke or heart attack, and also causes lung cancer.
- Maintaining a healthy weight – Obesity has been linked to serious health concerns including diabetes and heart disease, so consult an anti-aging doctor about medical weight loss in Houston if you're concerned about this issue.
- Sticking to a Mediterranean-style diet – Multiple studies have shown that this type of cuisine, which includes lots of fresh produce and minimal red meat, can promote heart health and mental fortitude.
The study involved 6,200 participants of varying gender and background between the ages of 44 and 84, the press release states. "To our knowledge, this is the first study to find a protective association between low-risk lifestyle factors and early signs of vascular disease, coronary heart disease and death, in a single longitudinal evaluation," said Dr. Haitham Ahmed, M.P.H., lead author of the study.
To learn more about habits and procedures that can help you live longer and feel better, contact Longevity Centres of America in Houston.