FOUR PACKS WILL CONTINUE TO POST INTUITIVELY OBVIOUS “HEART HEALTH” NEWS TO KEEP BASIC HEALTH PRINCIPLES FRONT PAGE…KEEP YOUR BODY MASS INDEX (BMI) UNDER 25…ACTUALLY UNDER 22 FOR THE PURPOSES OF VISIBLE RECTUS ABDOMINIS…EAT HEALTHY WHOLE FOODS AND GET VIGOROUS EXERCISE…
Here are the seven secrets to a long life: Stay away from cigarettes. Keep a slender physique. Get some exercise. Eat a healthy diet and keep your cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar in check.
Research shows that most 50-year-olds who do that can live another 40 years free of stroke and heart disease, two of the most common killers, says Dr. Clyde Yancy, president of the American Heart Association. The heart association published the advice online Wednesday in the journal Circulation.
The group also is introducing an online quiz to help people gauge how close they are to the ideal. If you fall a bit short, it offers tips for improving.
“These seven factors — if you can keep them ideal or control them — end up being the fountain of youth for your heart,” said Dr. Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, a cardiologist who was lead author of the statement. “You live longer, you live healthier longer, you have much better quality of life in older age, require less medication, less medical care.”
Specifically, those with ideal cardiovascular health can answer yes to the following seven questions:
— Never smoked or quit more than one year ago.
— Body mass index less than 25.
— Get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week.
— Meet at least four of these dietary recommendations: 4 1/2 cups of fruit and vegetables a day; two or more 3.5-ounce servings a week of fish; drink no more than 36 ounces of sugar-sweetened beverages a week; three or more 1-ounce servings of fiber-rich whole grains a day; less than 1,500 milligrams a day of salt.
— Total cholesterol of less than 200.
— Blood pressure below 120/80.
— Fasting blood glucose less than 100.