Monday, May 3, 2010

Reducing Stroke Risk

This is a study from the Harvard School of Public Health. It received a little bit of attention, but it's worth mentioning because I truly believe it's very important and can make a very real difference in many of our lives. The research is from the journal Circulation and it found that middle-aged people who practice five healthy behaviors lower their stroke risk by about 80%. This was not a small study. It involved over 100,000 men and women. What are the five things? Well, they are very important and you should know them, try to adjust to them, and make them a part of your lives. First of all, you don't want to smoke. The second step, maintain a healthy weight. You should exercise 30 minutes a day or more. Diet, of course is in there. You should eat a healthy diet with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables. Finally, you can drink alcohol, but only in moderation.

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