If you're a middle-aged adult free of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, we have some good news about your heart health!
According to a study recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Heart Failure, middle-aged adults who've avoided these health conditions are far less likely than others to experience heart failure in their later years.
The researchers behind the study found that a 45-year-old without these three risk factors had as much as an 86% lower risk for heart failure compared to someone with poor control of their weight, blood pressure and blood sugar. Keep reading for the full findings.
Heart failure affects approximately 5.7 million adults in the United States…
The heart failure statistics for South Africa aren’t far behind. The disabling conditions occurs when your heart can no longer pump enough blood and oxygen to the rest of your body, including vital organs such as your brain, liver and kidneys.
About 50% of those who develop heart failure will die within five years, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For over 20 years, the health profession has been flat out wrong!
Discover the real secret behind 'The French Paradox'
And why you too could eat fine cheese, tasty fillet and enjoy perfect Merlot every day
The French are renowned for their high fat diet.
From buttery croissants and double-thick cream to duck fat, liver paté, decadent sauces and soft, oozy Camembert. Not a meal goes by where they don’t indulge foods rich in heart-clogging fat.
But here’s the surprising thing:
Their hearts are amazingly healthy!
In fact, according to the World Health Organisation, the average South African is three times more likely to suffer from heart problems than the French.
Even more surprising, their heart health stats are the third lowest in the world – just behind Korea and Japan.
How do they do it?
Find out here, PLUS, how you can trim down by enjoying your food...
To reach their findings, the researchers analysed data from four heart studies launched across the United States between 1948 and 1987. Between 2007 and 2008, they tracked outcomes for over 19,000 men and women whose heart health status was determined at age 45. They followed another 24,000 participants whose heart health was assessed at age 55.
The researchers found that heart failure developed in nearly 1,700 of the participants tested at 45 and 3,000 of the participants examined at 55.
However, men who were free of obesity
, high blood pressure
at 45 went on to live free of heart failure for almost 11 years longer than men who had all three conditions. For women, the advantage was about 15 years. On average, men and women who’d avoided any of the conditions lived 35 and 38 years longer respectively without developing heart failure. The findings were similar among the participants who were assessed at 55.
Interestingly, diabetes appeared to have the greatest effect on heart failure risk Those without the blood sugar
disease at 45 lived between nine and 11 years longer without heart failure, compared to those who did have it.
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