Healthy Habits

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Dont smoke. Get off the sofa and take a walk. Stay away from the junk food. Watch your waistline. This advice is probably all-too-familiar to you but it could also help you lower your risk for some deadly diseases. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about a German study that looked at healthy habits in the 60 Second Housecall.

Maintaining healthy habits can help decrease your chances of developing some of the most common and deadly chronic diseases.

Researchers analyzed the health, lifestyles and diet of 23,000 German adults 35 to 65 years old. Their findings showed that those who had more healthy habits were much less likely to get diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

The analysis included a detailed look at each persons body weight and height, disease background and food frequency over the eight-year study period. It also looked at how well participants followed the healthy lifestyle habits of never smoking, exercising regularly, maintaining a body mass index under 30 and eating a healthy diet.

The researchers learned that those who followed all four healthy habits had a 78 percent lower risk of developing a chronic condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer compared to those who reported none of the healthy habits.

Researchers say its important to adopt and teach healthy habits early in life.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.