In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose", Bailey Mosier asks you the question, "What would your 40-something self tell your 20-something self?"
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.
If given the chance, do you ever think about what your 40-something self would tell your 20-something self? Well, among a myriad of things, you should tell the 20-year-old you to start living healthy now.
Researchers from Northwestern University used data collected over 20 years that followed several thousand 18 to 30 year-olds and found maintaining a healthy lifestyle from young adulthood into your 40s is strongly associated with low cardiovascular disease risk in middle age.
The 40-somethings who were the healthiest had five common factors: a lean body mass index, no excess alcohol intake, no smoking, a healthy diet and regular physical activity.
Even people with a family history of heart problems were able to have a low cardiovascular disease risk profile if they started living a healthy lifestyle when they were young. This supports the notion that lifestyle may play a more prominent role than genetics.
But all of that is easier said than done because many middle-aged adults develop unhealthy diets, gain weight and aren’t physically active. Such lifestyles lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and elevated cardiovascular risk. It’s never too late to start living healthier and if you’re in your 20s, your 40-year-old self will thank you one day.
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