Monday, February 1, 2010

Study: Lifestyle Changes Could Prevent Almost 200,000 Deaths from Heart DiseaseThis Year

Source: Reuters Health (Summary By NIM)

Despite making large amounts of progress in reducing disease-promoting behaviours such as smoking in the US, a new study predicts that nearly 400,000 Americans will still die this year as a result of heart disease.

According to the British study, nearly half of those deaths could be prevented by making simple changes such as eating healthier, being more active and - you guessed it - quitting smoking. In the US, two thirds of adults and nearly one in three children are obese or overweight, putting them at a serious risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and a number of other chronic illnesses. In consuming a very similar diet to Americans, Canadians are similarly at risk.

Taking the first step to a healthier lifestyle is undoubtedly difficult, but it only gets easier from there on. It can be a real challenge to change one's behaviour today in order to prevent potential illnesses so far ahead into the future, but it's absolutely crucial that we do. As the experts have said, there really is no room for complacency when it comes to health risks!

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "Heart disease "will kill 400,000 Americans in 2010"" from Reuters Health (Feb. 1, 2010).