According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, older adults with healthy lifestyles have a significantly reduced risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Researchers followed 4900 adults, aged 65 or older and without diabetes at baseline, for ten years. During that time, they periodically assessed participants' lifestyle habits. Factors associated with low risk for diabetes were:
Diabetes developed in 7% of the subjects. In adjusted analyses, each low-risk lifestyle factor was independently associated with reduced diabetes risk. Patients with all five healthy lifestyle factors had an 89% reduction in risk.
The authors say their findings "support the need for emphasizing healthy and achievable physical activity and dietary goals," as well as other healthy habits, among older adults.
So what's in it for you? You can add health to your lifestyle at any age!
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