What you eat, how much you exercise, and how well you take care of yourself play HUGE roles in how long you live disease-free, according to thousands of studies, including two new studies from Harvard. In the first report from the Physician’s Health Study, men who refused to adopt healthy lifestyle habits – such as exercise, not smoking, drinking alcohol in moderation, eating cereal at breakfast and lots of produce throughout the day, and maintaining a healthy weight – had a one in five chance of developing heart failure during the 22-year study. The risk dropped to one in ten for men who embraced four or more of these habits. Being overweight had the greatest adverse effects on the heart, while exercise was the next most important habit showed to help side-step heart failure. In the second report from the Nurses’ Health Study, women who followed all six healthy habits had an 80% lower incidence of hypertension, while risk increased as women followed fewer and fewer of the habits. As with the men, being overweight was by far the biggest risk factor for disease.

Can someone please tell me why most Americans take such poor care of themselves? When the payoffs of eating right and moving more are so amazing, I am boggled why so many people do all they can to feel their worst!