Regular Exercise and Healthy Diet in Midlife Linked to Better Cardiometabolic Health

New research, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that regular physical activity together with a healthy diet including fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods may be key to middle-aged adults achieving optimal cardiometabolic health later in life.Regular Exercise and Healthy Diet in Midlife Linked to Better Cardiometabolic Health

A team of scientists analyzed data on 2,379 adults aged 18 and older from the Framingham Heart Study. The investigators also checked their adherence to the nutrition and exercise guidance.

The analysis showed that meeting a combination of the two recommendations during midlife was associated with a lower risk of metabolic syndrome and developing serious health conditions as participants aged in their senior years in 2016-2019 examinations.

Corresponding author Vanessa Xanthakis, Ph.D., FAHA, assistant professor of medicine and biostatistics in the Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, says: “Health care professionals could use these findings to further promote and emphasize to their patients the benefits of a healthy diet and a regular exercise schedule to avoid the development of numerous chronic health conditions in the present and in later life.”

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