Bicycle Network: Health Matters
The fat bomb is ticking
The key risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as obesity and insufficient physical activity are modifiable.
Most of the major risk factors associated with CVD including excess body weight, Type 2 diabetes, tobacco smoking, insufficient physical activity, raised blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels are modifiable.
As described below, many of these risk factors are interrelated, with clear evidence indicating that reducing or eliminating some of these modifiable factors can reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Incorporation of healthy eating and fitness habits into everyday lifestyle can reduce all metabolic risk factors that include cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
Research conducted at the Baker Heart Research Institute has shown that regular exercise has important short and long term CV effects. This includes reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and the impact of high blood pressure and blood cholesterol.
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