If the doctor told you that you have the opportunity to prevent a future heart attack, by making only a few changes in your lifestyle, would you do it? Swedish researchers found that the benefits provided by a healthy lifestyle lead to a sharp reduction in the risk of heart attack in men.
According to the American heart Association, your risk of a heart attack can be assessed independently, analyzing those aspects of your lifestyle that you can control, like Smoking, alcohol consumption, exercise, diet, type II diabetes, high cholesterol levels in the blood, and in some cases high blood pressure.
When scientists published the results of their study in the journal of the American College of Cardiology, tried to determine the risk of heart attack in men and how this risk varies depending on various factors, they found that the key to reducing the risk of heart attack by 86 percent is a combination of five steps, which gives an unhealthy country hope.
According to lead author of the study, associate Professor of the Stockholm Institute of environmental medicine of Agneta Akesson, "it is not surprising that the choice in favor of a healthy lifestyle will reduce heart attacks. Surprising how dramatically decreases the risk due to these factors."
For eleven years the researchers studied 20721 healthy Swedish males aged from 45 to 79 years to identify practices that are most important for reducing the risk of heart attack. After analyzing the diet, the presence of such habits as Smoking and alcohol consumption, physical activity level and the amount of fat in the abdominal region of the subjects, the researchers found that non-Smoking men who are at least forty minutes a day walked or rode a Bicycle, and once a week did physical exercises, had a waist circumference less than 37 inches, consumed moderate amounts of alcohol and a balanced ate, were exposed to the lowest risk of heart attack. Who would have thought? Usually, their diet consisted of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, low-fat dairy products, whole grains and fish, which explains why their level of blood cholesterol and blood pressure were under control and reduced risk.
The researchers found that a simple diet of two steps, together with the use of alcohol in moderation reduces the risk of heart attack by 35 percent. Add three more changes in lifestyle and non-smokers, physically active man, combining lower risk diet alcohol in moderation and having a small amount of fat in the abdomen in fact, 86 percent lower risk of heart attack than those who do not comply with these simple rules.