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Video: Reduce Your Risk of Chronic Diseases

Simple dietary changes can extend your life.

Another short video from the place where people live the longest explains in 2 minutes how you can decrease your risk of chronic diseases by making simple, wholesome changes to your diet.

PositiveTip: Cut back on the amount of red meat and refined foods in your diet for big benefits.

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Western Diets Prevent Ideal Aging

Intake of healthy-foods help us age gracefully!

It should not be a big surprise to our readers to learn that the "Western" dietary pattern so high in fried, sweet, and processed foods is associated with aging marked by chronic disease and mental health problems. A large French cohort study has found that those consuming the typical Western-style diet had significantly lower chances of aging ideally--with good cardiometabolic, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and cognitive function.

PositiveTip: A diet consisting of "healthy foods," including fruits and vegetables and whole grains can help you age more ideally. 

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Americans Experiencing More Chronic Diseases

The number of Americans with multiple diseases rises.

During the last 10 years, the number of Americans between 45-64 years of age experiencing two or more chronic diseases has increased from 16 to 21 percent. For those 65 and older, the percentage jumped from 37 to 45 percent. These changes present huge challenges to the healthcare system of the future--not to mention quality of life for the individuals affected.

PositiveTip: A healthy, proactive lifestyle will help delay the onset of many chronic diseases. What quality of life are you choosing today?

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Healthy Habits Reduce Risk Of Cardiovascular, Cancer, And All-Causes Mortality

Healthy Habits Reduce Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease Deaths in Chinese Women By 59%.

The Shanghai Women’s Health Study followed approximately 71,000 Chinese women aged 40-70 for 9 years. Among participants, common lifestyle risk factors of early death included physical inactivity, abdominal obesity, being overweight or obese, exposure to spousal tobacco smoke, and eating few fruits and vegetables. When participants reversed these risk factors, they exhibited a striking life-extending effect, especially in participants with a severe history of chronic disease. Overall, results showed that participants with healthy lifestyle habits reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease by 59%, all causes of mortality by 33%, and cancer by 19%.