A healthy life style is a precursor for a healthy heart. There are five health factors which can prevent 4 out of 5 heart attacks in men.
A recent study found that middle aged men are less likely to suffer from heart attacks over a period of 11 years if they drank moderately, abstained from smoking, took the right regimen of diet, exercise and weight fronts.
The ultra healthy living category comprised of just 1% of the men involved in the study. However these men are 86% less likely to suffer from heart attacks as compared to their brethren who ate badly, were obese, exercised less, smoked and drank too much alcohol, the researchers said.
Eventually the healthiest man could die of a heart attack and the study also did not hint that they live longer than others.
Study lead author Agneta Akesson, an associate professor with the Institute of Environmental Medicine at Karolinska Institute in Solna, Sweden said that there is a lot to gain if people followed a healthier lifestyle and a lot of money is also saved.
Akesson’s team wanted to know the additive effects of different aspects of healthy living. The study was published in September 22 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The researchers examined the medical records and surveys of more than 20,700 Swedish men who were 45 to 79 years old in 1997.These subjects did not have any history of cancer, heart ailments, and hypertension or high cholesterol levels in their blood. The researchers tracked the subjects till 2009 to check out how they fared.
8% which comes out to be 1,724 did not practice any of the five healthy behaviors. 166 persons suffered heart attacks in this group.
1% which comes out to be 212 practiced all five healthy behaviors. 3 persons suffered heart attacks in this group
Based on the above findings it was evident that all five healthy behaviors together could prevent 79 percent of first heart attacks in men.
Every behavior by itself reduced the risk of heart attacks. Eating an anti oxidant rich food such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts, reduced-fat dairy and whole grains reduced the risks of heart attacks by 20% as compared to people who did not practice any of these healthy behaviors.
The study has its own share of brick bats. For example it does not look at how long the man lives. It also does not give any insight into ethnic minorities, since most of the men in the study were white.
Dr. R. Curtis Ellison, professor of medicine and public health at Boston University School of Medicine said, “People looking for a magic pill or a modern new technology to prevent heart disease need to be reminded how important lifestyle factors are.”