In a study conducted by Bonnie Spring of Northwestern University incorporating 5,000 participants, it was found that by adopting healthy habits, individuals in their 30’s and 40’s can reverse the progression of heart disease. The study analyzed the lifestyles of participants between the ages of 18 and 30, and then followed up 20 years later. About 25 percent of subjects who took up at least one healthy habit within this 20 year period managed to reduce the risk of heart disease. On the other hand, those who abandoned a healthy habit (40% of participants), or even picked up an unhealthy one, became more prone to heart disease.
This finding is important because it helps to debunk two myths held by some health care professionals,” said Spring. “The first is that it’s nearly impossible to change patients’ behaviors. Yet, we found that 25 percent of adults made healthy lifestyle changes on their own. The second myth is that the damage has already been done — adulthood is too late for healthy lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of developing coronary artery disease. Clearly, that’s incorrect. Adulthood is not too late for healthy behavior changes to help the heart.”
Habits considered healthy in this study ranged from the maintenance of weight, appropriate physical activity, the avoidance of smoking, and limitation of alcohol consumption.
Read more here- “Adults Can Reverse Risk of Heart Disease with Healthy Habits: Study,” (Sumit Passary, Tech Times)
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