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HEALTH A balanced lifestyle for healthy old age

Primary years of life are crucial.
Primary years of life are crucial.

ABritish study has found that a healthy old age depends on how much balanced lifestyle we maintain during the prime years of life.

It says careful eating, daily exercise, moderate drinking and not smoking could slash the risk of ill health during the twilight years. The study by the Medical Research Council studied a group of 2,661 men and women aged between 60 and 64 and found a third had high blood pressure, a third obesity and a quarter high cholesterol.

The authors say the findings, published in the journal PLOS One , could have important implications for health and social services sectors around the world.

“The good news is that the risk of developing these conditions can be very much reduced by making simple lifestyle changes at a young age,” says Diana Kuh of the Medical Research Council.

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