American Heart Association's Strategic Impact Goal Through 2020 and Beyond . Specifically, they were never having smoked (or having quit more than 12mo); having body mass index less than 25kg/m2; daily consumption of 4-5 components of a healthy diet score; engaging in more than 75min/wk of vigorous physical activity or 150min/wk of (at least) moderate physical activity. They also looked for an untreated total cholesterol less than 200mg/dL, untreated blood pressure less than 120/80mm Hg; and untreated fasting glucose less than 100mg/dL.Of note, the 13,253 participants were in the Atherosclerosis Risk In Communities (ARIC) trial rather than June's Reasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) trial. Let's recall that these 7 ideal metrics are part of the
Those who met at least 6 of the 7 lifestyle goals had half the cancer risk of those who had met none of the goals. After excluding the effect of tobacco use, those who met at least 5 of 6 lifestyle goals still had 25% lower risk of cancer compared to those who had met none of the goals. Bottom line: what's good for your heart is good for your brain and also lowers your risk for cancer. You have to admit that's a pretty impressive 3 for the price of 1 deal!
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