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There are five simple habits that will not only help keep your heart healthy; they may also help people who already have high blood pressure or high cholesterol to reverse their conditions. These five habits are:

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Do not smoke
  • Drink moderately, if at all

If that sounds too much like common sense and not scientific enough, consider the following: Researchers at Harvard University studied 42,847 men between the ages of 40 and 75. At the beginning of the study, none of the men had heart disease; however, 16 years later 2,183 of them had either suffered from heart attacks or had died from heart disease. The scientists conducting the study believe that 62% of these heart attacks and deaths could have been prevented if the men had adopted healthy lifestyle habits. Changing even just a single bad habit lowered a man’s risk of heart attack or death from heart disease. More impressive yet, the men who adopted all five of the habits were the least likely to suffer from a heart-related problem.

Changing even just a single bad habit lowered a man’s risk of heart attack or death from heart disease. More impressive yet, the men who adopted all five of the habits were the least likely to suffer from a heart-related problem.

If you have any questions about how to live a heart-healthy lifestyle or managing your blood pressure or cholesterol, your Safeway Pharmacist will be happy to answer them