Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Healthy Habits Key to Longer Life for Men

“Elderly men can improve their chances of having an even longer and healthier life by quitting smoking, controlling their weight, getting their blood pressure and blood glucose under control and exercising regularly, a study shows. But making such changes is, of course, easier said than done, Dr. Laurel B. Yates of Brigham and Women's Hospital, the study's lead author, admitted in an interview with Reuters Health. ‘Lifestyle factors are the hardest things to do -- it's much easier to take a pill,’ she said. Nevertheless, she added, the rewards will include not only longer life but healthier, well-functioning years at the end of that life.”

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