Healthy lifestyle still best for avoiding chronic disease

08/11/2009 | Reuters

The best way to reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic illness is to follow the old adage of don't smoke, eat a healthy diet, lose weight and exercise, a new study found. Data showed people who followed those four golden rules had a 93% lower risk of diabetes, 81% lower risk of a heart attack and half the risk of stroke compared with people who didn't follow any of the recommendations. Even following just one of the rules cut the risk of disease, researchers said.

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