Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Healthier Lifestyles Would Lengthen American Lives

“If 156 million adults in the United States took better care of themselves, the average American would live 1.3 years longer, and the number of heart attacks would fall by 63 percent. That's the conclusion of a joint study released Monday that combined the resources of the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society. ‘Prevention makes a difference,’ said study co-author Dr. Rose Marie Robertson, chief science officer of the American Heart Association. ‘You can live longer, maybe substantially longer, and you can have a much healthier life.’ Even a more realistic scenario -- assuming, among other things, that just 20 percent of obese Americans lost weight -- would lead to major improvements in the country's overall health, researchers found.”


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