Unhealthy habits are plaguing Americans - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/27/09

Unhealthy habits are plaguing Americans

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Americans are getting worse when it comes to unhealthy habits. From driving or riding rather than walking or biking, to eating and weighing more, to smoking and drinking too Even among those whose lives may depend on life-style because of conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes, Americans are not trying as much anymore.

That's according to a study out soon in the June edition of the American Journal of Medicine. "Fewer than one in 10 people are doing all the healthy lifestyle habits. It's never too late to adopt healthy habits - people who are in their 40's and 50's and even 60's should not stop or despair or say 'it's too late to make a change," said Dr. Dana King, lead author from the University of South Carolina.        

Dr. King says it's actually after age 40 when people are most in need of adopting healthier lifestyle changes. That's when they are most likely to begin suffering from diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. All of these are preventable by adopting healthier habits like eating right, exercising more, weighing and drinking less.

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