Healthy Aging For Dummies
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You can’t prevent the passage of time, but making smart life choices can control some of the risk factors associated with illness and disease. Some simple choices may have the most profound impact on your health. Follow these tips and you’re on the path to preventing disease and living a long life:

  • If you smoke, stop!

  • Maintain a healthy body weight, as determined by your BMI.

  • Exercise daily for 30 minutes.

  • Eat five or more servings of fruits or vegetables daily.

  • Avoid refined sugars and starches.

  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation (no more than two drinks per day for men, one per day for women).

  • Keep your blood pressure under control.

  • Have your cholesterol checked yearly.

  • Keep your blood sugar in normal range.

  • Have a mammogram/prostate check yearly.

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Brent Agin, MD, is a family physician in private practice and is also the medical director of a successful weight-loss clinic and laser medical spa. Sharon Perkins, RN, has coauthored five For Dummies books on women's health issues.

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