Following a healthy lifestyle, as assessed in the study included maintaining a healthy weight and diet, exercise, not smoking, and moderate alcohol intake.
The study analyzed these factors for 20,721 healthy Swedish males from ages 45-79 years.
Their lifestyles were assessed for the presence or absence of healthy habits over an 11 year period. The subjects answered questionnaires which asked about their, diet, belly fat, alcohol intake, amount of physical activity and exercise, and smoking status. Professor Agneta Akesson, Ph.D., lead author of the study from Stockholm Sweden’s Institute of Environmental Medicine says “It is not surprising that healthy lifestyle choices would lead to a reduction in heart attacks”. “What is surprising is how drastically the risk dropped due to these factors.”
Men who answered positively in all lifestyle factors regarding their healthier diet, only moderate alcohol consumption, not smoking, exercising or being very physically active, and having the expected low belly fat as a result of their habits, had an 86 percent lower risk.
Unfortunately in our society currently,less than 2 percent of the American male population conforms to what is felt to be the most beneficial lifestyle. But there still is hope for everyone else. If you don’t lower your risk by as much as 86% , it’s clear from this study that the better you do with these lifestyle factors, the more your risk of heart disease will decline. Hopefully for some, this information will spur them to take the more committed personal action necessary to achieve the drastic reduction in their risk of heart attack (86% reduction), that is possible.
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