How to Slash Your Heart Disease Risk by 83%
- Don't smoke.
- Drink at least half a glass of wine, or equivalent alcohol consumption, each day (but not more than a full glass, experts say).
- Get at least 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity daily.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Eat a healthy diet. It should be low in trans fats but high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and folate; it should also have a lower glycemic load and a higher polyunsaturated-to-saturated fat ratio.
When three of the five healthy lifestyle factors above were present, risk for coronary heart disease over 14 years was reduced by 57%; when four were present, risk was reduced by 66%; and when all five factors were present, risk was reduced by 83%, the study found.
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