Seven Steps to a Longer Life
Could a few simple lifestyle changes add years or decades to your life? What if you could be guaranteed to live to age 90 or beyond?
According to Dr. Clyde Yancy, professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, you can add ten years or more to your life by taking just seven steps to improve your health. At the 2011 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Vancouver, Dr. Yancy explained that people who make these lifestyle changes can expect to live at least 40 years past the age of 50.
“Achieving these seven simple lifestyle factors gives people a 90 per cent chance of living to the age of 90 or 100, free of not only heart disease and stroke but from a number of other chronic illnesses including cancer,” claims Dr. Yancy. A former president of the American Heart Association, Dr. Yancy has focused his research on treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in American and mortality rates are on the rise.
By following these steps, Dr. Yancy, believes that you can achieve optimal health and maintain a high quality of life well into old age:
1. GET ACTIVE: An inactive lifestyle can cost you as many as four years of life. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, you are twice as likely to be at risk for heart disease or stroke.
2. KNOW AND CONTROL CHOLESTEROL LEVELS: One out of every three Americans has high cholesterol, but about half don’t receive treatment. High cholesterol can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.
3. FOLLOW A HEALTHY DIET: Healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. Try to reduce salt and fat intake and focus on fruits and vegetables for good heart health.Continued on the next page