Change Bad Habits Early, Save Your Heart Later

Change Bad Habits Early, Save Your Heart Later

Young adults who drop their bad health habits can reduce their risk of heart disease as they age, new research suggests.

“Even after people have hit adulthood with some unhealthy behaviors, it’s not too late to produce a benefit for their heart if they change those behaviors,” said study author Bonnie Spring, a health psychologist and professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

“Conversely, if they don’t keep up their healthy lifestyle behaviors, and lose some, we will see adverse effects on their coronary arteries, which increases the risk of heart disease,” Spring said.

While many studies have shown that unhealthy behaviors are linked with heart problems, fewer studies have looked at whether turning around the bad habits might have a good effect, she noted.

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