Seven Rules to Live By to Reach Your 90th Birthday

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Increasing your chances of reaching your 90th birthday through 7 simple rules is a message that will be heard at the opening ceremony of the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Vancouver this Sunday. Cardiologist Dr. Clyde Yancy will explain to the audience how that by following 7 simple rules of healthy living an individual can expect to live an additional 40 to 50 years after the age of 50.

According to a press release issued by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Dr. Yancy, a professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at the Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and past-president of the American Heart Association, will discuss what he believes is the cure for many people’s future ills.

"Achieving these seven simple lifestyle factors gives people a 90 percent 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," says Dr. Yancy. "By following these steps, we can compress life-threatening disease into the final stages of life and maintain quality of life for the longest possible time."

A summary of the seven rules Dr. Yancy recommends are as follows:

Rule #1: GET ACTIVE: Inactivity can shave almost four years off a person's expected lifespan. People who are physically inactive are twice as likely to be at risk for heart disease or stroke.

Rule #2: KNOW AND CONTROL CHOLESTEROL LEVELS: High blood cholesterol, which can lead to the build-up of fatty deposits in your arteries, increases your risk for heart disease and stroke.

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Rule #3: FOLLOW A HEALTHY DIET: Healthy eating is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health.

Rule #4: KNOW AND CONTROL BLOOD PRESSURE: By knowing and controlling your blood pressure, you can cut your risk of stroke by up to 40 percent and the risk of heart attack by up to 25 percent.

Rule #5: ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT: Being obese can reduce your life span by almost four years.

Rule #6: MANAGE DIABETES: Diabetes increases the risk of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease and stroke, particularly if your blood sugar levels are poorly controlled.

Rule #7: BE TOBACCO FREE: As soon as you become smoke-free, your risk of heart disease and stroke begins to decrease. After 15 years, your risk will be nearly that of a non-smoker.

Dr. Yancy acknowledges that following his seven rules will not be an easy task for the majority of the public and says that the government needs to invest in focused prevention strategies in order to help the public. These strategies include a change in current sodium policies, continued progress in tobacco control initiatives, increased green space, and health education.

"We know how to prevent heart disease and stroke—we now need to build the tools to empower our citizens to manage their risk and prevent heart disease," says Dr. Yancy.

Source: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada press release
Image source of an Elderly Man: Wikipedia

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