If you're middle-aged and fear that you may be at risk for heart disease because of poor nutrition or general inactivity, it may still be in your power to turn things around. According to a new study from the University of Texas that was presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions held in Baltimore last week, people at this stage in life can still reduce their risk of heart failure by getting into shape.

The research involved more than 9,000 participants around the age of 48 who were asked to complete a physical fitness test twice, with an eight-year interval between each trial. The scientists then continued to monitor of these individuals over the course of 18 years to gauge how their physical state in middle age impacted their likelihood of experiencing heart failure.

ScienceDaily reports that people who were considered unfit during the first trial, but who had gotten into better shape by the second fitness test, managed to counter their heightened chances of suffering from cardiac issues.

"Improving fitness is a good heart failure prevention strategy –along with controlling blood pressure and improving diet and lifestyle," study lead author Dr. Ambarish Pandey said of the findings, noting that these methods "could be employed in mid-life to decrease the risk of heart failure in later years."

If you live in Houston and are concerned about your overall health and aging longevity, contact our anti-aging doctors to learn how exercise and nutrition – combined with our innovative infusion therapies and other offerings – can help you age gracefully.