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The five tips to avoid chronic disease

A new study titled “Healthy Living Is the Best Revenge” :) has been released by researchers with a sense of humor.

I liked this study as it clearly shows five lifestyle behaviors that significantly affect whether you will develop a chronic disease in the future or not.

The healthy living study

The German researchers wanted to find out what people could do to reduce their risk of diabetes, heart attack, stroke and cancer.

The researchers analyzed data from 23,153 German adults aged 35 to 65 years over 8 years. The 4 main factors they looked at were smoking, BMI, exercise and diet. The participants were ranked according to those factors to determine whether they had a healthy lifestyle or not.

The five healthy living rules!

After the 8 years, 2006 participants developed either diabetes (3.7%), myocardial infarction (0.9%), stroke (0.8%), or cancer (3.8%).

Those people who never smoked, maintained a healthy body weight, participated in daily physical activity, and ate a healthy diet had significantly less incidence of diabetes, heart attack, stroke and cancer.

Here are the 5 tips to avoiding chronic disease:

  • Lose weight if your BMI is over 30.
  • Eat 5 to 9 fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Eat whole grains and high fiber foods. No more refined flour products.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical exercise each day.
  • Never smoke. If you still smoke, you will have health benefits once you quit.

The researchers wrote in conclusion, “Our results and those of others emphasize the importance and urgency of continuing vigorous efforts to convince people to adopt healthy lifestyles.”

The research was published in the journal of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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