Move Toward Healthy Habits at ANY Age
In case you had doubts, it does matter for your health if you eat well and exercise. You really can control much of how your health will play out as you age and go through life. And if you have some unhealthy habits, changing them – no matter your age – can make a difference in whether or not you develop heart disease. Results from the CARDIA study, published in the journal Circulation, confirms this. But if unhealthy habits continue, well, there are consequences to the health of your arteries.
The five healthy lifestyles habits were:
LOW alcohol intake
being physically active
Adding up healthy lifestyle habits resulted in reduced odds of artery calcification and thickness of the lining
What is considered a healthy diet to keep arteries healthy: it is low in sodium, high in fiber with LOTS of fruits and vegetables.
In this study of 5,000 young adults between the ages of 18 and 30, they were assessed for health habits, and then reassessed 20 years later, and that is where the results are interesting. Those folks who had more of those five habits had cleaner arteries, and less thickening of the artery walls. And the reverse was true for those with fewer of the habits.
So, bottom line is that habits CAN change and improve. You are NOT too old to make some changes in how you live your life. The best bet is for daily activity, good unprocessed food choices, keeping a lean weight, no smoking and very modest alcohol intake.