Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Five healthy practices dramatically reduce stroke risk in large study population

Few conditions are more devastating than stroke, yet an article published ahead of print on August 12, 2008 in the American Heart Association journal Circulation (http://circ.ahajournals.org/) reports that just five healthy lifestyle factors may confer significant protection against the event.


For the current study, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School evaluated data from 43,685 men who participated in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and 71,243 women from the Nurses’ Health Study. Information concerning lifestyle factors was obtained from questionnaires completed by the subjects at several time points during the studies’ follow-up periods. The researchers identified five characteristics of a low-risk lifestyle: not smoking, having a body mass index of less than 25 kilograms per cubic meter, participating in at least 30 minutes per day of moderate activity Read more...

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