How eating less and exercising more in your 20s will lead to a healthier 40s (no surprises there)
Researchers have discovered the secrets to a longer and healthier life – and there are no surprises on the list.
Scientists revealed the steps that twentysomethings should take in order to maintain a well-balanced body late into their 40s.
The study showed eating less and exercising more could help lower the risk of disease whilst avoiding alcohol and cigarettes could also reduce the risk of troubles later in life.
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Kiang Liu, a professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine said: 'The problem is few adults can maintain ideal cardiovascular health factors as they age.
'Many middle-aged adults develop unhealthy diets, gain weight and aren't as physically active.
'Such lifestyles, of course, lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and elevated cardiovascular risk.'
'In this study, 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.'
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Researchers analysed data including blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, BMI, alcohol intake, tobacco use, diet and exercise.
With more than 3,000 participants having been monitored the results confirmed Liu's belief that the young generation will have many long-term benefits by keeping fit and active earlier in life.
He added: 'Many studies suggest that people who have low cardiovascular risk in middle age will have a better quality of life, will live longer and will have lower Medicare costs in their older age.
'There are a lot of benefits to maintaining a low-risk profile.'