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Not too Late to Make 4 Lifestyle Changes

separator A new study shows that people from age 70 to 90 can greatly reduce their risk of death in the next 10 years if they do the following four things: 

  • Follow a Mediterranean diet. That means eating vegetables, fruits and seafood, using olive oil most of the time when you do use oil and eating whole grains.
  • Get regular exercise. In the study, both men and women who walked at least 2 miles a day experienced fewer cases of dementia, less memory loss and other cognitive benefits.
  • Consume alcohol in moderation. This means no more than two drinks a day for men and one for women.
  • Stop smoking.

Many people who are 70 and older believe that it’s too late for lifestyle changes to do any good, but that’s simply not true. Letting go of unhealthy habits and taking up new ones, even later in life, will decrease your chance of having a heart attack, a stroke, dementia and many other life-threatening conditions.

Journal of the American Medical Association, 21 September 2004.
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