We all know that living a healthy lifestyle full of regular exercise and well-balanced, well-portioned meals is key to fighting chronic diseases. Yet for some reason, we want the benefits of our healthy choices quantified. We want inspiring statistics. A new study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, once again found that four healthy habits significantly lower the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and cancer by an impressive 80 percent. The four healthy habits are going to sound familiar, but I would like a drumroll anyway. They are . . .
- Engage in regular physical activity
- Eat a healthy diet
- Do not smoke
- Maintain a healthy body weight
I am sure you are not surprised by these healthy habits, but only 10 percent of the more than 23,000 people participating in a multiyear study followed these simple preventive measures. Do you?