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Individuals with High-Risks Often Don't Recognize Them

People with the highest number of risk factors tended to agree they need to improve.

Research in Canada found many high-risk patients do not recognize a need to change their lifestyle--especially with hypertension, diabetes, and alcohol use. The risk factors most likely to encourage change to improve health were: smoking, obesity, sedentary living, high stress and low fruit and vegetable intake. Those younger in age, female, educated and with higher household incomes were more likely to improve.

PositiveTip: If you truly value your health, you cannot live in denial of your lifestyle choices.

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10 Controllable Risk Factors Can Prevent Most Strokes

Ninety percent of strokes can be prevented.

One of the leading causes of death and disability in the world is stroke. Researchers have found there are 10 controllable risk factors that account for 90% of all strokes globally. Hypertension is the cause of 39-60% of strokes (varies among regions). The other nine causes: physical inactivity (36%), high blood lipids (fats) (27%), poor diet (23%), obesity (19%), smoking (12%), heart causes (9%), alcohol use (6%), stress (6%), and diabetes (4%).

PositiveTip: Living healthfully can reduce most of the risk factors for stroke!

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Tanning Beds Take Another Hit

Tanning bed use increases risk of early-onset basal cell carcinoma.

During the past 40 years the incidence of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) has risen markedly, especially in women under 40 years of age. This rise conincides with the increasing use of public tanning beds for cosmetic purposes. Estimates suggest that 40% of teens use a tanning bed regularly. In the first case-control study to examine BCC in those under 40, researchers found that tanning bed users were nearly 4 times as likely to have BCCs on the extremities and nearly 2 times on the trunk, compared to never-users. The risk grew stronger with more years of use.

PositiveTip: Ever used tanning beds? Be sure to have regular examinations for BCCs and melanomas.

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Avoid the CCU: Be Active!

Owning a car and TV may raise your risk of a heart attack.

Leisure time and on-the-job physical activity is associated with less likelihood of a hearrt attack. A 52 country case-control study involving more than 10,000 individuals has revealed, after controlling for confounding factors, that both light and moderate activity reduced the risk of acute mycardial infarction (MI) compared to sedentary individuals. Researchers also found that owning a car, a radio/stero and a TV were associated with higher MI rates.

PostiveTip: Put a stop to sedentary living--become active and avoid the coronary care unit!

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Top Stroke Risk Factors are Controllable!

Hypertension is the strongest predictor of stroke risk.

The third most common killer in the U.S. is stroke. The Interstroke study of stroke cases in 22 countries ranked the most common risk factors as follows:

  1. Hypertension
  2. Smoking
  3. Abdominal obesity
  4. Healthy diet and physical activity.

A history of high blood pressure increased the risk by 2.5 times, and smoking by more than double. Regular exercise cut stroke by more than 30%.

PositiveTip: All these risk factors are related to positive lifestyle choices. What choices are you making? 

Watching TV Will Make You Fat

High Definition TV and huge screens have enhanced our home entertainment. Add surround sound and we are immersed in sights and sounds that are truly mesmerizing. Unfortunately, the experience is entirely passive. You don’t have to move a muscle. You just sit there watching and snacking.TV Viewing and Risk of Obesity